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Gynecol Oncol. 1999 Dec;75(3):387-90.

Spread of ovarian cancer after laparoscopic surgery: report of eight cases.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, HYKS, 00029, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to describe early occurrences of metastases after laparoscopy of ovarian masses later found to be malignant.

METHODS:

The hospital charts of eight women having undergone laparoscopic surgery for ovarian mass were reviewed and analyzed.

RESULTS:

The mean age of the patients was 40 years (range 25 to 66). Size of the tumor ranged from 2 to 15 cm. In four patients the ovarian mass was suspected to be malignant in the laparoscopy. Diagnostic procedure (biopsy of the tumor) was performed in two and salpingo-oophorectomy in six patients. Staging laparotomy was performed within the mean of 17 days (range 7-29). In four patients (50%) the cancer had spread from a localized to an advanced stage during the delay. Ascites was present in the laparoscopy in two of the four patients with port site or abdominal wall metastases.

CONCLUSIONS:

Laparoscopic surgery of ovarian mass later found to be malignant can cause considerable and early spread of the cancer.

PMID:
10600294
DOI:
10.1006/gyno.1999.5596
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