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Gynecol Oncol. 2002 Jun;85(3):529-31.

Port site metastasis of ovarian carcinoma remote from laparoscopic surgery for benign disease.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5600, USA.



The use of laparoscopic surgical procedures has continued to expand due to the many advantages that this surgical approach offers. However, as we continue to realize the benefits and expand the scope of laparoscopic procedures, new complications may occur.


This is the case of a 77-year-old gravida 2 para 2 who underwent exploratory laparotomy and surgical staging with optimal cytoreduction for Stage IIIC papillary serous ovarian carcinoma in February 1998. Her past surgical history was significant for total abdominal hysterectomy and left salpingo-oophorectomy in 1955 for symptomatic leiomyomata and for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in July 1997. After initial platinum-based chemotherapy, she presented with an enlarging nodule at the right upper quadrant laparoscopic port site. Fine needle aspiration confirmed recurrent papillary serous ovarian carcinoma. After a discussion of her options, she elected to undergo surgical resection with postoperative salvage chemotherapy.


Port site recurrences have been previously reported in patients who underwent initial surgical evaluation for ovarian carcinoma utilizing the laparoscopic approach. However, it is unusual for recurrent cancer to appear in port sites or operative incisions not related to the initial cancer surgery. This report serves to caution the gynecologic oncologist that the first evidence of recurrence may be at a laparoscopic port site from prior benign gynecologic or nongynecologic surgery.

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