Management of adnexal masses with unexpected intracystic vegetation detected during laparoscopy.

Riccardo Marana, Ludovico Muzii, Stefania Ferrari, G. F Catalano, Gian Franco Zannoni, Elisabetta Marana

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STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a prospective series of consecutive patients with unexpected intracystic vegetations detected during operative laparoscopy for adnexal masses. DESIGN: Prospective series of consecutive patients (Canadian Task Force classification: II-2). SETTING: Tertiary care university hospitals. PATIENTS: Consecutive patients found during surgery to have unexpected intracystic vegetations and treated by operative laparoscopy, out of a total series of 667 patients under 40 years of age with ultrasonographic evidence of an adnexal cystic mass without thick septa, internal wall papillarities, or solid components. INTERVENTIONS: Operative laparoscopy and follow-up. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Thirty-five (5.2%) of 667 patients were found at surgery to have unexpected intracystic vegetations. A frozen section was sent for pathologic analysis in all 35 patients. Frozen section diagnosis was benign in 32 patients and borderline in 3 patients. Final pathology diagnosis was borderline ovarian tumor in five of the 35 patients (14.3%), and benign in 30 patients (85.7%). No case of invasive carcinoma was diagnosed either at frozen section or at final pathology examination. The patients with borderline tumors are alive with no evidence of disease after a mean follow-up of 60 months. CONCLUSIONS: In the present series, with accurate preoperative selection, the rate of adnexal cysts with unexpected intracystic vegetations was 5%, of which 14% were borderline tumors. The laparoscopic management of these adnexal masses did not adversely affect the prognosis
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)502-507
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2005


  • adnexal masses
  • intracystic vegetation


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