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J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2013 Dec;39(12):1610-3. doi: 10.1111/jog.12107. Epub 2013 Jul 22.

Laparoscopic ovarian-sparing surgery for a young woman with an exophytic ovarian fibroma.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.


Ovarian fibroma can occur in young women of reproductive age. Despite its benign feature, most surgical removals are done in open surgery with oophorectomy. However, an ovarian-sparing tumor resection can be an option, especially for an exophytic type of fibroma, which accounts for more than half of ovarian fibromas. Here we report a case of exophytic ovarian fibroma in a young woman treated by laparoscopic ovarian-sparing surgery. A 27-year-old woman presented with a pelvic mass. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an 11 cm × 8 cm solid mass connected to the normal-appearing left ovary by a pedicle-like structure. A clinical diagnosis of an exophytic ovarian fibroma was made, and laparoscopic ovarian-sparing surgery with an intraoperative pathological examination was planned. The tumor was resected by cutting the pedicle, morcellated in a pouch and removed. All procedures were performed laparoscopically and the affected ovary was completely preserved. Having confirmation of its benign characteristics by the intraoperative examination, no further excision was performed. The patient conceived 3 months after the surgery and no recurrence was reported. We propose that gynecologists should consider laparoscopic ovarian-sparing surgery for exophytic ovarian fibroma in women of reproductive age.


exophytic ovarian fibroma; laparoscopic surgery; magnetic resonance imaging; ovarian-sparing surgery; reproductive age

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