Objective: It was the aim of this study to evaluate the diagnostic utility of Notch-1 immunocytochemistry in distinguishing endometrial glandular and stromal breakdown (EGBD) from endometrial adenocarcinoma in endometrial cytology. Study Design: Samples of normal endometrium, EGBD and endometrial adenocarcinoma were subjected to immunocytochemical staining for Notch-1, and we examined the labeling index (LI) of Notch-1 (the ratio of intranuclear Notch-1-positive cells to total cells). We compared (1) the Notch-1 LI in normal endometrium, (2) the Notch-1 LI between normal endometrium and endometrial adenocarcinoma, and (3) the Notch-1 LI in normal endometrium, EGBD and endometrial adenocarcinoma. Results: In analysis item 1, the LI of Notch-1 was 32.9 ± 8.4, 19.4 ± 8.2 and 12.5 ± 7.5% in proliferative endometrium, secretory endometrium and atrophic endometrium, respectively. In analysis item 2, the LI of Notch-1 in endometrial adenocarcinoma was 45.2 ± 7.4%, which was significantly higher than that in normal endometrium. In analysis item 3, the LI of Notch-1 in EGBD was 31.3 ± 8.3%, which was significantly lower than that in endometrial adenocarcinoma. Conclusion: In conclusion, Notch-1 immunocytochemistry is a useful method for distinguishing between EGBD and endometrial carcinoma in endometrial cytology.

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