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Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2018;52(1): 21-27.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2016.06.17
Comparison of the Classical Method and SEE-FIM Protocol in Detecting Microscopic Lesions in Fallopian Tubes with Gynecological Lesions
Nermin Koc1, Selçuk Ayas2, Sevcan Arzu Arinkan2
1Department of Pathology, Zeynep Kamil Maternity and Pediatric Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zeynep Kamil Maternity and Pediatric Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
Corresponding Author: Sevcan Arzu Arinkan ,Tel: +90-505-683-7557, Email: pataraa96@gmail.com
Received: March 13, 2016;  Revised: June 11, 2016  Accepted: June 16, 2016.  Published online: August 19, 2016.

The objective of this study was to compare the classical method and Sectioning and Extensively Examining the Fimbriated End Protocol (SEE-FIM) in detecting microscopic lesions in fallopian tubes with gynecological lesions.
From a total of 1,118 cases, 582 with various parts of both fallopian tubes sampled in three-ring-shape sections and 536 sampled with the SEE-FIM protocol were included in this study. Pathological findings of cases with endometrial carcinoma, non-uterine pelvic malignant tumor, ovarian borderline tumors, premalignancy, and benign lesions were compared.
We detected two tubal infiltrative carcinomas among 40 uterine endometrioid adenocarcinomas, 15 serous tubal intraepithelial carcinomas in 39 non-uterine pelvic serous high-grade carcinoma cases, seven papillary tubal hyperplasias in 13 serous borderline tumor cases, and 11 endometriotic foci and four adenomatoid tumors among all cases sampled with the SEE-FIM protocol. Using the classical method, we detected only one serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma in 113 non-uterine pelvic serous high-grade carcinoma cases and two papillary tubal hyperplasia cases in 31 serous borderline tumors. We did not identify additional findings in 185 uterine endometrioid carcinoma cases, and neither endometriotic focus nor adenomatoid tumor was shown in other lesions by the classical method.
Benign, premalignant, and malignant lesions can possibly be missed using the classical method. The SEE-FIM protocol should be considered especially in cases of endometrial carcinoma, nonuterine pelvic serous cancers, or serous borderline ovarian tumors. For other lesions, at least a detailed examination of the fimbrial end should be undertaken.
Key Words: SEE-FIM method; Classical method; Fallopian tube lesions
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