Objective The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between colposcopic features, age, menopausal status, and overtreatment in women subjected to "see-and-treat" approach, to identify subgroups of patients in which this approach could be more appropriate. Materials and Methods Retrospective multicentric cohort study conducted on women older than 25 years, with a high-grade squamous cytological report and a visible squamocolumnar junction, in which colposcopy and the excisional procedure were performed at the same time without a previous cervical biopsy (see and treat). Overtreatment was defined as histopathological finding of cervical intraepithelial lesion grade 1 or normal tissue. Results Among the 254 included patients, the overall overtreatment rate was 12.6%, whereas in women with a grade 2 colposcopy, it was 3.2% and, in women with grade 1 colposcopy, it was 22.0%. Among the considered factors (age, menopause, and grade 1 colposcopy), only a positive association with overtreatment and grade 1 colposcopy emerged (odds ratio = 8.70, 95% CI = 2.95-25.62, p <.001). Conclusions See and treat may be appropriate in women older than 25 years with a visible squamocolumnar junction and a high-grade squamous cervical cytology. Patients need to be informed about the higher risk of overtreatment in case of a grade 1 colposcopic impression, which however may still be considered acceptable. Patient's age and menopausal status should not influence the decision to propose a see-and-treat approach.
Factors Related to Overtreatment in the See-and-Treat Approach: A Retrospective Multicentric Observational Study / Ciavattini, A.; Morini, S.; Delli Carpini, G.; Del Fabro, A.; Serri, M.; Verdecchia, V.; Cigolot, F.; Cadel, M.; Clemente, N.; Sopracordevole, F.. - In: JOURNAL OF LOWER GENITAL TRACT DISEASES. - ISSN 1089-2591. - 23:2(2019), pp. 129-132. [10.1097/LGT.0000000000000455]