Voluminous mucinous cystadenoma of the ovary in a 13-year-old girl

Enrico Vizza, Gregorio Marco Galati, Giacomo Corrado, Marco Atlante, Costanza Infante, Carlo Sbiroli

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Background: Mucinous cystadenoma of the ovary constitutes about 15% of ovarian tumors. It is more common in women between 20 and 40, but is rare in teenagers and exceptional in pre-menstrual girls. Malignant transformation is possible in 5-10% of cases. Spontaneous or iatrogenic breaks are more common. It makes the different diagnosis of pseudomixoma peritonei more difficult. Case Report: A 13-year-old girl came to the National Cancer Institute "Regina Elena" of Rome, with increasing abdominal distension over 2 months. The abdominal mass was removed and a left salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. Histological examination of the mass revealed a 40-cm diameter mucinous cystadenoma of the ovary. Conclusion: The rapid enlargement of the ovarian mass, the young age and the difficulty of certain pre-operative diagnosis, make this case interesting. Management of this pathology and fertility-conserving treatment need careful follow-up because of the possibility of recurrence in the remaining ovary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


  • Neoplasm
  • Ovarian cystadenoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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