IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 39 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.12892/ejgo3635.2018
Open Access Case Report
Ovarian endometrioid carcinoma associated with diffuse pulmonary endometriosis: a case report
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1 Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, General Hospital Celje, Celje, Slovenia
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2018 , 39(1), 143–145; https://doi.org/10.12892/ejgo3635.2018
Published: 10 February 2018
Abstract

Endometriosis is generally assumed to be a benign disease, but it shares many characteristics with malignancy, such as invasive and unrestrained growth and a tendency to metastasize and recur. Although not yet fully delineated, there is a relationship between endometriosis and specific types of epithelial ovarian carcinomas (EOC). A case of an endometrioid ovarian carcinoma in a previously hysterectomized postmenopausal woman, associated with diffuse pulmonary endometriosis is presented. After series of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, a patient was successfully treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and resection of the suspicious pulmonary lesions which led the authors to a final diagnosis. Most likely such patients with endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers represent different types of patients than traditional ones with ovarian cancer and may require a different therapeutic approach.
Keywords
Ovarian endometrioid carcinoma
Pulmonary endometriosis
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