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Evaluation of tumor-associated glycoprotein-72 and CA 125 serum markers in patients with gynecologic diseases.

OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to evaluate the clinical values of tumor-associated glycoprotein-72 serum levels alone or in combination with CA 125 in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with ovarian cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Serum samples from 293 patients, 142 with primary carcinoma and 151 with benign diseases of the genital tract, were evaluated for the presence of CA 125, tumor-associated glycoprotein-72, and carcinoembryonic antigen. All patients underwent surgery for the primary tumor, and stage was defined according to the classification of International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. RESULTS: When the measurement of serum tumor-associated glycoprotein-72 is combined with that of CA 125, the sensitivity for the detection of primary ovarian cancer increased from 60% to 73%, with no significant change in specificity, and resulted in a more accurate clinical assessment for detection of residual disease before the second-look procedure. In fact, when both markers were positive, 100% specificity was achieved; conversely, when both markers were negative, no residual disease was found. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that tumor-associated glycoprotein-72 may be considered as a supplementary serum marker for CA 125, providing further clinical information for the diagnosis of primary and recurrent ovarian cancer.[1]


  1. Evaluation of tumor-associated glycoprotein-72 and CA 125 serum markers in patients with gynecologic diseases. Guadagni, F., Marth, C., Zeimet, A.G., Ferroni, P., Spila, A., Abbolito, R., Roselli, M., Greiner, J.W., Schlom, J. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. (1994) [Pubmed]
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