Borderline ovarian tumours

Authors: L. Minář;  H. Al-Awad;  E. Jandáková
Authors‘ workplace: Gynekologicko-porodnická klinika LF MU a FN Brno 1;  Ústav patologie LF MU a FN Brno 2
Published in: Prakt Gyn 2010; 14(3): 123-127
Category: Review Article


To compile an information sheet about borderline ovarian tumors.

Literature review with case reports.

Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University and Faculty Hospital, Brno. Methods: Literature review on borderline ovarian tumours with illustrative case reports.

Borderline ovarian tumours represent 10–15% of all ovarian tumours. They are considered as a separate entity and not as precanceroses of invasive ovarian tumours. They manifest themselves 10–15 years prior to invasive tumours, a higher proportion of tumours is diagnosed at earlier stages, metastatic spread is rare. Serous borderline tumours may be associated with implantation metastases that make the prognosis of the disease worse. Manifestation of the disease at a younger age and lower levels of tumour markers (Ca 125) play an important role in preoperative differential diagnosis between borderline and invasive tumours. Ultrasound examination has an important role in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant ovarian pathology. Surgical treatment is essential in the primary identification of the disease as well as prevention of recurrence. Since these tumours frequently occur in younger patients, fertility sparing surgery is often required. This operation is characterized by preservation of the uterus and the unilateral adnexa or at least part of one ovary. If both ovaries are affected, the uterus only might be preserved with subsequent inclusion of the patient in an IVF programme with oocyte donation. Following the surgery, patients must be carefully followed up. Removal of the preserved adnexa after the completion of their reproductive plans is recommended in patients who underwent conservative surgery.

Key words:
borderline ovarian tumour – implants metastasis – fertility preserving surgery – ultrasonography examination – lymphadenopathy


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