Hysterectomy rates for benign conditions are declining in Lombardy, Italy: 1996-2010

Fabio Parazzini, Elena Ricci, Giuseppe Bulfoni, Sonia Cipriani, Francesca Chiaffarino, Matteo Malvezzi, Luigi Frigerio

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Objective To analyse the hysterectomy rates (HR) temporal trends for gynecological benign conditions in Lombardy, Northern Italy. Study design Since 1991, discharges from public or private hospitals have been registered in a standard form (Lombardy Region registry). Women aged ≥20 years, residing in Lombardy, who underwent hysterectomy for benign conditions, were included in the study. Admissions were codified according to the ICD-9 and ICD-10. HRs per 1000 women residing in Lombardy, of the same age class, were computed. Results In 1996-2010, 143,045 hysterectomies were performed for benign indications. HR showed a declining trend (average annual percent change (AAPC) -2.9), mainly due to the falling number of total abdominal hysterectomies (AAPC -5.3). The most remarkable decrease was seen in women aged 45-54 years (HR 8.05 in 1996 and 4.83 in 2010). Leiomyoma was the most frequent indication in women aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Benign gynecological conditions
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender medicine
  • Hysterectomy rate
  • Time trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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