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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 210-211  

Ovarian fibroma with torsion in a young female

Department of Radiology, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication05-Dec-2019

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Dr. Sonal Saran
Flat No 1, Ramanand Bhawan, R-Enclave, Subhartipuram, Subharti Medical College, Meerut - 250 005, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/aam.aam_2_19

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Saran S, Singh AP, Khanna T. Ovarian fibroma with torsion in a young female. Ann Afr Med 2019;18:210-1

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Saran S, Singh AP, Khanna T. Ovarian fibroma with torsion in a young female. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Sep 28];18:210-1. Available from:


A 30-year-old female presented with acute abdominal pain, initially localized over the right iliac fossa and later progressed to involve complete abdomen. The pain was present for >24 h at the time of admission. She had a history of fullness in the pelvis for 6 months, for which she did not undergo any investigation or treatment. On palpation, the abdomen was tender with evidence of a firm mass in the region of the umbilicus. She immediately had a bedside ultrasonography followed by contrast-enhanced computed tomography, which revealed a large well-defined heterogeneous mass [Figure 1] and [Figure 2] in the left half of the abdomen and a thick cord-like structure connecting it with the uterus which was tilted toward the mass. The right ovary was not visualized, and the lesion showed heterogonous postcontrast enhancement. There was the presence of minimal ascites. The patient was posted for surgery with the provisional diagnosis of benign right ovarian mass with torsion. At surgery, a large 13 cm × 10 cm × 6 cm right ovarian mass was excised [Figure 3] which on histopathological evaluation proved to be a benign ovarian fibroma [Figure 4].
Figure 1: Transabdominal ultrasound evaluation showing the presence of a well-defined heterogeneous mass in the lower abdomen in midline with the presence of internal cystic changes (a). Uterus and urinary bladder were normal (b). However, the uterus was slightly pulled toward the mass. The left ovary was normal (c). The right ovary was not separately visualized from the mass

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Figure 2: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showing the presence of a large well-defined solid heterogeneous mass in the left half of the abdomen (a and b) and a thick cord-like structure connecting it with the uterus which was thereby tilted toward the mass. The right ovary was not visualized, and the lesion showed heterogeneous postcontrast enhancement. Relationship of mass with the uterus and associated minimal ascites were nicely depicted on the coronal section (a). u: Uterus, UB: Urinary bladder, Triangle: Ascites, Star: Mass

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Figure 3: Surgical specimen of the mass excised

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Figure 4: (a-c) Microscopic features of the mass excised showing the presence of encapsulated tumor composed of lobules having closely packed spindle stromal cells with bipolar scanty cytoplasm. The cells are at places seen in sheets and interlacing bundles. There is no evidence of mitosis. Overall diagnosis is in favor of fibroma

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Ovarian fibroma, a mesenchymal neoplasm, is the most common benign solid tumor of the ovary, generally diagnosed in perimenopausal and postmenopausal females.[1] It frequently presents as a large mass undergoing torsion causing acute abdominal pain. It can be associated with ascites and pleural effusion as in Meigs syndrome. It can also be seen with uterine fibroids suggesting hormonal stimulation as common etiology. Infertility and hirsutism can be rarely associated with ovarian fibromas.[1],[2]

Radiological evaluation is needed for characterization and preoperative evaluation of the tumor. Ultrasound evaluation often shows a large mass with heteroechoic appearance in the adnexal region displacing the uterus and inseparable from one of the ovaries. Minimal ascites, lack of Doppler activity, and a twisted pedicle are additional findings in cases of torsion. Computed tomography shows a well-defined solid heterogeneous mass with delayed postcontrast enhancement. Diagnostic criteria for torsion include adnexal mass in the midline or toward the contralateral half of the pelvis along with deviation of the uterus toward the mass and frequent presence of free peritoneal fluid. Imaging differentials include large pedunculated subserosal uterine leiomyoma, thecoma, and fibrothecoma.[3],[4] The management requires complete surgical removal followed by immunohistochemical analysis for definitive diagnosis.[5]

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