Laparoscopic management of juvenile cystic adenomyoma: four cases

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. May-Jun 2011;18(3):343-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2011.02.001.


Study objective: To highlight a recently identified rare cause of severe dysmenorrhea in young patients with poor response to medical management.

Design: Evidence obtained from several timed series with or without intervention (Canadian Task Force classification II-3).

Setting: Tertiary care referral hospital.

Patients: Four young (age, 16-24 years) nulliparous patients with juvenile cystic adenoma with severe secondary dysmenorrhea with poor response to medical management.

Intervention: Laparoscopic resection of the cystic adenomyoma.

Measurements and main results: Complete resection of the cystic adenomyoma was performed laparoscopically in all patients. The lesion was uncapsulated (unlike myoma) and locally defined to the uterine myometrium (unlike diffuse adenomyosis), and there was chocolate-colored blood in the cavity. No other müllerian anomaly was observed in any patient. Histopathologic analysis revealed features suggestive of adenomyosis in all cases. After surgery, dysmenorrhea resolved completely in all patients. Compared with preoperative visual analog scores, significant improvement was observed at the first menstrual cycle after surgery. Patients are being followed up every 3 months for a minimum of 12 months to detect development of dysmenorrhea or any other menstrual disorder.

Conclusion: Juvenile cystic adenomyosis is a rare cause of severe dysmenorrhea. However, it should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients with dysmenorrhea with poor response to medical treatment. All patients reported in the literature and in our series were younger than 30 years, which can be considered as an arbitrary cutoff point to differentiate juvenile from adult cystic adenomyosis. It can be considered a new type of müllerian anomaly that manifests as a noncommunicating accessory uterine cavity lined with endometrium and with an otherwise normal uterus. Surgery is the only therapeutic option for these patients. Minimally invasive surgery in expert hands is advisable to preserve fertility.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenomyoma / complications
  • Adenomyoma / surgery*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dysmenorrhea / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Uterine Neoplasms / complications
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Young Adult