Ovarian squamous cell carcinoma is a rare malignancy and the occurrence is attributable to malignant transformation of an existing ovarian dermoid cyst. The de novo occurrence of squamous cell carcinoma of the ovary, in the absence of an antecedent ovarian dermoid, is extremely rare. The case of a 31 year old Asian woman, evaluated for abdominal distension and discomfort is presented. Abdominal CT was suggestive of a malignant neoplastic process. Laparotomy confirmed a malignant tumour with involvement of the right adnexa and extension into the omentum and bowel. Surgical debulking, hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-ophorectomy and total omentectomy and bowel resection was performed. Histopathology demonstrated squamous cell carcinoma arising from the right ovary with no co-existing ovarian dermoid. The postoperative period was significant for disease progression despite adjuvant chemotherapy.
Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
(2008). De novo primary squamous cell carcinoma of the ovary: a case of a rare malignancy with an aggressive clinical course. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 58(5), 272-4.
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