False-negative peritoneal cytology in metastatic ovarian carcinoma.

  title={False-negative peritoneal cytology in metastatic ovarian carcinoma.},
  author={Robert Gerald Pretorius and Kenneth R. Lee and Jacalyn L Papillo and Sharyn D. Baker and Jerome Leslie Belinson},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={68 5},
Seventy-nine laparotomies for disseminated intraperitoneal ovarian carcinoma were reviewed to determine the frequency and possible causes of false-negative peritoneal cytology. Negative peritoneal cytology (defined as any reading other than positive) was found in 16 of 79 cases (20%). False-negative cytology occurred more frequently with peritoneal washings (48%) than with ascites (6%; P less than .001); with second-look surgery (50%) than at primary surgery (12%; P = .004); with peritoneal… CONTINUE READING