Accuracy and prognostic value of variant histology and lymphovascular invasion at transurethral resection of bladder

To evaluate the concordance rate of lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and variant histology (VH) of transurethral resection (TUR) with radical cystectomy (RC) specimens. Furthermore, to evaluate the value of LVI and VH at TUR for predicting non-organ confined (NOC) disease, lymph node metastasis, and survival outcomes.

Two hundred and sixty-eight patients who underwent TUR and subsequent RC were reviewed. Logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate the association of LVI and VH with NOC and lymph node metastasis at RC. Cox regression analyses were used to estimate recurrence-free survival (RFS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS).

LVI and VH were detected in 13.8 and 11.2% of TUR specimens, and in 30.2 and 25.4% of RC specimens, respectively. The concordance rate between LVI and VH at TUR and subsequent RC was 69.8 and 83.6%, respectively. They were both associated with adverse pathological features such as lymph node metastasis and advanced stage. TUR LVI and VH were both independently associated with lymph node metastasis and TUR VH was independently associated with NOC. On univariable Cox regression analyses, TUR LVI was associated with RFS and CSS while TUR VH was only associated with RFS. Only TUR LVI was independently associated with RFS.

Detection of LVI is missed in a third of TUR specimens while VH seems more accurately identified. TUR LVI and VH are associated with more advanced disease and LVI predicts disease recurrence. Assessment and reporting of LVI and VH on TUR specimen are important for risk stratification and decision-making.

World journal of urology. 2017 Nov 11 [Epub ahead of print]

Mohammad Abufaraj, Shahrokh F Shariat, Beat Foerster, Carmen Pozo, Marco Moschini, David D'Andrea, Romain Mathieu, Martin Susani, Anna K Czech, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Veronika Seebacher

Department of Urology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna General Hospital, Vienna, Austria., Department of Urology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna General Hospital, Vienna, Austria. ., Department of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria., Department of Urology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada., Department for Gynaecology and Gynaecologic Oncology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

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