Hemoperitoneum caused by the rupture of a giant ovarian teratoma in a 9 year-old female. Case report and literature review


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Giancarlo Candela, Lorenzo Di Libero, Sergio Varriale, Fiorenza Manetta, Salvatore Napolitano, Giovanni Scetta, Daniela Esposito, Valerio Sciascia, Luigi Santini

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2009; 80: 141-144

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The Authors report the case of a 9 year-old girl suffering from acute abdominal pain, combined with mild anaemia
(Hb 10.9 g/dL), leukocytosis (24.3 x 103 cells/dL), and a large palpable mass in the upper left quadrant. The child
underwent an appendectomy 20 days before the admission to our Department. The operation performed in urgency, as
well as the removal of a bulky mass situated in the left flank and the right ovary whence it arose, made it clear that
abdominal signs and symptoms were caused by the twisting and rupturing of a neoformation, that would hence cause
an impressive hemoperitoneum. The histopathologic examination showed a three-germ layer mature mixed teratoma.
Clinical, radiologic and biochemical test (α−FP, β−hcG) performed in a postoperative 2 months follow-up revealed no
residual disease.