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Two new studies add to scrutiny of gynecology tool

from The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)

New research is adding to scrutiny of a surgical tool called the laparoscopic power morcellator that the Food and Drug Administration has warned against using in a vast majority of cases because of its potential to spread hidden cancer in common gynecological procedures, according to a study was published online Feb. 19 in JAMA Oncology. The University of Michigan said that researchers at its health system had found that of women who had hysterectomies for uterine growths called fibroids, one in 368 had an undetected uterine sarcoma, which could be worsened with a morcellator if doctors use that technique. more

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