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Ovarian metastasis following gallbladder carcinoma: a case report
1 Department of Endocrinology and Molecular and Clinical Oncology
2 Department of Bimorphological and Functional Science
3 Department of Clinical Gynecology, Obstetrics and Physiopathology of Human Reproduction, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Federico II” University, Naples (Italy)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2010, 31(2), 219–221;
Published: 10 April 2010
Background: Mucinous ovarian cancer raises problems of differential diagnoses because it is often difficult to distinguish the primary from the metastatic form. Most metastatic ovarian tumors originate from the gastrointestinal tract, mainly colorectal, gastric, pancreatic; the gallbladder is a very rare source of ovarian metastases. Case: We report a case of ovarian metastases from a gallbladder cancer, incidentally diagnosed more than 2.5 years earlier during a laparoscopic intervention for biliary lithiasis. Conclusion: The interest of this case lies in the long progression-free survival, the venous thromboembolism syndrome that preceded by a few months the diagnosis of the ovarian mass and the discrepancy between the radiologic and the laparoscopic stage assessment.