Endometrial hyperplasia

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See Endometrium for an introduction to the topic.

Endometrial hyperplasia, abbreviated EH, is a precursor to endometrial carcinoma.


WHO endometrial hyperplasia classification of 2014

The 2014 WHO system has two categories:[1]

  • Hyperplasia without atypia.
  • Atypical hyperplasia/endometrioid intraepithelial neoplasia.

WHO endometrial hyperplasia classification of 1994

The 1994 WHO system is based on determining:[1]

  1. Gland density (normal/low = simple hyperplasia, high density = complex hyperplasia).
  2. Presence/absence of nuclear atypia.

It consists of four categories:

Alternate classifications - overview

Two alternative grading systems exist, that are (currently) not widely used:[2]

  1. European group of experts (1999).
  2. Endometrial collaborative group/Harvard (2000).

Both consist of two categories, as opposed to four found in the WHO classification.

European group of experts classification

  1. Endometrial hyperplasia.
  2. Endometrioid neoplasia.

Endometrial collaborative group/Harvard classification

  1. Endometrial hyperplasia.
  2. Endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia (EIN).

WHO classification of 1994

Management of endometrial hyperplasia

  • Endometrial hyperplasia with atypia is usually treated with hysterectomy.[3]
    • In women who want to maintain fertility it may be treated with progestin + short interval re-biopsies (q3 months).[4]
  • Endometrial hyperplasia without atypia is treated by:
    • Progestins + close follow-up OR hysterectomy.

Risk of progression to carcinoma as per 1994 system

Approximate risk of progression to endometrial carcinoma - Latta rule of 3s:[5]

Simple Complex
Without atypia 1% 3%
With atypia 9% † 27% ‡


  • † 8% is the true number.[6]
  • ‡ 29% is the true number.[6]


There is one paper that looks at Ki-67:[7]

Diagnosis Percent positive
Secretory phase endometrium
Proliferative phase endometrium
Simple hyperplasia
Simple hyperplasia with atypia
Complex hyperplasia
Complex hyperplasia with atypia

WHO system of 1994 - detail articles

Almost all hyperplasia is seen in the context of proliferative-type endometrium. Hyperplasia in the secretory-type endometrium is extremely rare and something diagnosed by or in consultation with an expert in gynecologic pathology.

Simple endometrial hyperplasia

  • AKA simple hyperplasia.

Simple endometrial hyperplasia with atypia

Complex endometrial hyperplasia

  • Abbreviated CEH.

Complex endometrial hyperplasia with atypia

  • AKA complex atypical hyperplasia.


Endometrial hyperplasia with secretory changes


  • Rare.
  • Secretory changes seen in 1-2% of endometrial hyperplasias/endometrial carcinomas.[8]



  • Secretory changes - includes at least one of three following:[10]
    1. Stromal decidualization.
    2. Cytoplasmic vacuolization.
    3. Intraluminal secretions.
  • Proliferative-type epithelium. †
    • Mitoses.
    • Nuclear atypia.
    • Pseudostratified epithelium.


  • † This is not precisely defined. I suppose it is some of the things Bell and Ostrezega[11] mention (mitoses, nuclear atypia, pseudostratified epithelium).
    • Bell and Ostrezega[11] give a laundry list for differentiating benign secretory endometrium from hyperplasia with secretory changes: focal architectural abnormalities, metaplastic ciliated & "clear" cells, sharp luminal border, epithelial pseudopalisading, nuclear atypia, vesicular nuclei, mitoses.



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Emons, G.; Beckmann, MW.; Schmidt, D.; Mallmann, P. (Feb 2015). "New WHO Classification of Endometrial Hyperplasias.". Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd 75 (2): 135-136. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1396256. PMID 25797956.
  2. Dietel, M. (Nov 2001). "The histological diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia. Is there a need to simplify?". Virchows Arch 439 (5): 604-8. PMID 11764378.
  3. URL: http://www.aafp.org/afp/990600ap/3069.html.
  4. URL: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060801/practice.html.
  5. Latta, E. January 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kurman, RJ.; Kaminski, PF.; Norris, HJ. (Jul 1985). "The behavior of endometrial hyperplasia. A long-term study of untreated hyperplasia in 170 patients.". Cancer 56 (2): 403-12. PMID 4005805.
  7. Abike, F.; Tapisiz, OL.; Zergeroglu, S.; Dunder, I.; Temizkan, O.; Temizkan, I.; Payasli, A. (2011). "PCNA and Ki-67 in endometrial hyperplasias and evaluation of the potential of malignancy.". Eur J Gynaecol Oncol 32 (1): 77-80. PMID 21446331.
  8. Simon RA, Hansen K, Xiong JJ, et al. PTEN status and frequency of endometrial carcinoma and its precursors arising in functional secretory endometrium; an immunohistochemical study of 29 cases. Mod Pathol. 2012;25(Suppl 2): 1248A.
  9. Simon RA. CAP Today. June 2012. Accessed on: 24 April 2013.
  10. Tresserra, F.; Lopez-Yarto, M.; Grases, PJ.; Ubeda, A.; Pascual, MA.; Labastida, R. (Mar 2003). "Endometrial hyperplasia with secretory changes.". Gynecol Oncol 88 (3): 386-93. PMID 12648591.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bell, CD.; Ostrezega, E. (Aug 1987). "The significance of secretory features and coincident hyperplastic changes in endometrial biopsy specimens.". Hum Pathol 18 (8): 830-8. PMID 3610133.