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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2013;157(52):A6683.

[A parasitic myoma: unexpected finding after laparoscopic hysterectomy].

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Medisch Spectrum Twente, afd. Gynaecologie en Verloskunde, Enschede.


During laparoscopic hysterectomy the uterus can be morcellated in order to remove it from the abdominal cavity. This technique carries a risk of tissue fragments being retained in the abdomen with recurring growth in the future.


A 48-year-old woman with a history of hysterectomy presented with a swelling in her lower abdomen. Ultrasound investigation showed a solid tumour with a benign appearance. Differential diagnosis included an ovarian tumour or leiomyoma. Laparoscopic investigation revealed a preperitoneal tumour which was removed by laparotomy. Histologic examination showed a benign leiomyoma.


A patient with a history of hysterectomy is less likely to present with a myoma, however, in this case the diagnosis was correct. Due to the increasing use of a morcellator in laparoscopic hysterectomy in recent decades, we will be confronted with the diagnosis 'parasitic myoma' more frequently. Patients will have to be informed of the risk of this complication.

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