Malignant germ cell tumors of the ovary

Hum Pathol. 1977 Sep;8(5):551-64. doi: 10.1016/s0046-8177(77)80115-9.


This article reviews 281 malignant germ cell tumors of the ovary from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and highlights their distinctive clinical and pathologic features. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a combined therapeutic approach utilizing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The rationale for unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in conjunction with chemotherapy for certain types of neoplasm confined to one ovary (stage 1a) is emphasized, and the role of human chorionic gonadotropin and alpha-fetoprotein as tumor markers in the management of patients with these tumors is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Choriocarcinoma / pathology
  • Choriocarcinoma / therapy
  • Dysgerminoma / pathology
  • Dysgerminoma / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal* / pathology
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal* / therapy
  • Ovarian Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Ovarian Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Ovary / pathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Teratoma / pathology
  • Teratoma / therapy