Primary psammocarcinoma of the peritoneum

Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2006 Jan-Feb:16 Suppl 1:129-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1438.2006.00320.x.


Psammocarcinoma is a rare type of serous carcinoma arising from the ovaries or the peritoneum. Histopathologically, it has large deposits of psammoma bodies, invasion to surrounding tissues, and low-grade cytologic atypia. Biologic behavior is similar to borderline serous tumors with a favorable survival time. Primary surgical debulking with complete resection of the tumor should be the main surgical approach, while the benefit of postoperative chemotherapy remains unknown. A new case of primary peritoneal psammocarcinoma with survival after an initial diagnosis of 5.5 years is presented with a literature review.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / therapy
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage*
  • Carboplatin / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Carboplatin
  • Paclitaxel