Long-term effect of pregnancy-related factors on the development of endometrial neoplasia: A nationwide retrospective cohort study

Hyun Woong Cho, Yung Taek Ouh, Kyu Min Lee, Sung Won Han, Jae Kwan Lee, Geum Jun Cho, Jin Hwa Hong

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Objective By identifying pregnancy-related risk factors for endometrial neoplasia, women’s risk of developing this disease after childbirth can be predicted and high-risk women can be screened for early detection. Methods Study data from women who gave birth in Korea in 2007 were collected from the Korea National Health Insurance (KNHI) claims database between 2007 and 2015. The adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the development of endometrial neoplasia were estimated by multivariate Cox proportional hazards models. Results Data from 386,614 women were collected for this study. By 2015, 3,370 women from the initial cohort had been diagnosed with endometrial neoplasia secondary to delivery. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression revealed that preeclampsia (HR 1.55, 95% CI 1.29, 1.86), advanced maternal age ( 35; HR 1.52, 95% CI 1.39, 1.66), multifetal pregnancy (HR 1.81, 95% CI 1.46, 2.23), multiparity (HR 1.16, 95% CI 1.08, 1.24), cesarean section (HR 1.15, 95% CI 1.07, 1.23) and delivery of a large-for-gestational-age infant (HR 1.19, 95% CI 1.02, 1.39) were independent risk factors for future endometrial neoplasia. The risk for endometrial neoplasia increased as the number of risk factors increased (risk factors 3: HR 2.11, 95% CI 1.86–2.40). Conclusion This study showed that six pregnancy-related factors—advanced maternal age, multiparity, multifetal pregnancy, cesarean section, delivery of a large-for-gestational-age infant, and preeclampsia—are positively correlated with future development of endometrial neoplasia, including endometrial hyperplasia or cancer. Close observation and surveillance are warranted to enable early diagnosis of endometrial diseases, including endometrial cancer after pregnancy in high-risk women. However, due to unavailability of clinical information, many clinical/epidemiological factors can become confounders. Further research is needed on factors associated with the risk of endometrial neoplasia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0214600
JournalPloS one
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar

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