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Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318242b4e0
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Using a Multivariate Index Assay to Assess Malignancy in a Pelvic Mass

Kim, Kenneth H. MD; Alvarez, Ronald D. MD

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Abstract

A multivariate index assay recently was developed to assist physicians in the assessment of the risk of ovarian cancer in women with pelvic masses undergoing operative intervention. Its aim is to improve the identification of patients with ovarian malignancy so that these patients can be appropriately referred to a subspecialist with ovarian cancer–management expertise, thereby affording the opportunity for improved outcome. This commentary questions the need to obtain a multivariate index assay test in all women with pelvic masses who are scheduled for operative intervention. Common-sense guidelines for more judicious use of this new triage test in the evaluation of these patients also are provided.

© 2012 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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