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A Pure Ovarian insular Carcinoid Tumor: A Case Report

Mine Genç, Serap Karaarslan, Berhan Genç, Oya Nermin Sivrikoz, Muhittin Akyıldız, Osman Zekioğlu


 Introduction: Carcinoid tumors are rare tumors that are defined as a slow-growing neuroendocrine tumor. They are very rare in ovaries. They can be primarily of ovarian origin or may be found as metastatic lesions in ovaries.

Presentation of Case: A 67-year-old postmenopausal woman presented with vaginal bleeding. Her transvaginal ultrasonography revealed a smooth-contoured solid mass of 8.5x6 cm in right adnexal region. Total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. Postoperative histopathological examination revealed pure ovarian insular carcinoid tumor. No chemotherapy or radiotherapy was applied. No residual or recurrent pathology was observed during follow-ups for 3 years following the operation.

Conclusion: Carcinoid tumors may rarely be as pure tumors. The histopathological diagnosis is challenging. Surgical therapy is the only option, and chemotherapy and radiotherapy have no role in management of these tumors.



Ovary; primary carcinoid tumor; pure insular

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