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Gynecol Oncol. 2003 Aug;90(2):474-7.

A case of lymphoma occurring in an ovarian teratoma.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. alastairmckelvey@doctors.net.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We describe the discovery, by pathology, of a totally unexpected diagnosis involving an ovarian teratoma.

CASE:

A middle-aged woman underwent routine total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingoophrectomy for ultrasonically diagnosed uterine fibroids and a coexistent benign right ovarian cyst. The operative findings were of fibroid uterus and right ovarian teratoma. However, pathology revealed a malignant lymphoma occurring in, and arising from, the teratoma.

CONCLUSION:

The routine removal of a presumed ovarian teratoma may yield unexpected results. Ovarian teratomas are indeed cellular chimeras.

PMID:
12893223
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