Minimal laparotomy management of a giant ovarian cystic teratoma in adolescence

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Abstract

Giant ovarian cysts in adolescents are very rare. Those treatment by laparotomy or laparoscopic surgery is discussed with gynecologists and pediatric surgeons because its limited working space and risk of rupture and malignancy. We present a case of minimal laparotomy management of a giant ovarian cystic teratoma in adolescent. A 13-year-old girl presented with abdominal pain and constipation. A CT scan showed a giant simple ovarian cystic tumor in her abdomen measuring 29 x 13 x 24 cm. We made a 3-cm Pfannenstiel incision and inserted an Alexis wound retractor XS. The cyst was completely aspirated without spillage in the intraperitoneal space. In total, 6L of murky brown fluid was aspirated from the cyst. There was no ovarian tissue visible on the cyst wall. The left tube and right ovary and tube were intact. The cyst wall and left ovary tube were dissected free by using a LigaSure. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. Pathological assessment revealed a mature cystic teratoma. The ovarian tissue was included in the part of the cyst wall. We were able to safely perform with minimal laparotomy. Therefore, we consider the for cases of giant ovarian tumors, minimal laparotomy surgery is useful from the safety and cosmetic perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-241
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10-05-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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