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Failure of ultrasound to diagnose a giant ovarian cyst: a case report

By Themistoklis Mikos, George P Tabakoudis, George Pados, Nikos P Eugenidis and Efstratios Assimakopoulos


Ultrasonography is the method of choice in the diagnosis of ovarian cysts. In this case report, a cyst of enormous volume (>35 litres) was limiting the application of ultrasound techniques giving the false impression of ascites. A 55-year-old woman was finally diagnosed as having a giant ovarian mucosal-serosal cystadenoma of borderline potential after undergoing a total abdominal hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy and excision of the cyst. In the literature, similar conditions have been described with the term ‘empty abdomen’

Topics: Case report
Publisher: Cases Network Ltd
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