The Utility of Frozen Section in Assessing Surgical Margins in Robotic Prostatectomies
M Quick, M Lindberg, M Cox, R Madi, N Gokden. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Background: There is little data on the utility of intraoperative frozen section in evaluating the surgical margins in robotic prostatectomies (RP). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the utility of frozen sections in assessing benign and/or malignant prostatic glands at the periphery of the RPs.
Design: Tissues for intraoperative consultation were sent by surgeons due to visual suspicion for prostatic tissue at the prostatic bed in 129 consecutive RPs performed between September 2007 and July 2009. Retrospectively, frozen sections and corresponding permanent sections were reviewed for presence of benign or malignant prostatic glands. Fifty-five cases of 129 had frozen sections (43%), with a range of 1 to 6 frozen sections performed per case (mean 2).
|benign prostatic glands||31||29|
|Frozen negative/permanent positive||1|
|Frozen positive/permanent negative||0|
|# cases with any discrepancies||12|