Successful extracorporeal mature oocyte harvesting after laparoscopic oophorectomy following controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for the purpose of fertility preservation in a patient with borderline ovarian tumor

J Assist Reprod Genet. 2011 Sep;28(9):771-2. doi: 10.1007/s10815-011-9596-7. Epub 2011 Jun 9.


Purpose: To report the successful extracorporeal recovery of mature oocytes after laparoscopic oophorectomy following ovarian hyperstimulation for the purpose of fertility preservation in a patient with recurrent serous borderline ovarian tumor.

Methods: A 25-year-old nulligravida woman presented with recurrence of a borderline serous adenocarcinoma in the right ovary after been treated conservatively with left oophorectomy for the same.

Result(s): The patient underwent ovarian stimulation followed by a laparoscopic oophorectomy and ex-vivo retrieval of oocytes. Twenty two oocytes were recovered: fourteen metaphases II, two metaphases I, five prophases I and one degenerate.

Conclusion(s): Mature oocytes were successfully retrieved ex-vivo from the hyperstimulated ovary recovered via laparoscopy. The procedure can be performed in a quick manner, with standard equipment, without damaging the ovary, the follicles or the oocytes, and without the risk of cancer cell spillage associated with the standard transvaginal oocyte retrieval if there is concern of ovarian surface/peritoneal metastatic disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fertility Preservation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Oocyte Retrieval / methods
  • Oocytes
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
  • Ovarian Neoplasms
  • Ovariectomy
  • Ovary / pathology
  • Ovary / surgery*