Extensive peritoneal implant metastases of malignant struma ovarii treated by thyroidectomy and 131I therapy: A case report

Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Dec;97(51):e13867. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000013867.


Rationale: Malignant struma ovarii is extremely rare in the clinic. The diagnosis and modalities of treatment are still controversial. Here we describe a case of extensive peritoneal implant metastasis originating from malignant struma ovarii discovered 14 years after ovariectomy and chemotherapy.

Patient concerns: A 48-year-old female was admitted to our clinic due to hematochezia with a past history of left malignant struma ovarii. Enhanced computed tomography (CT) examination suggested multiple metastasis nodules in the abdomen and pelvic cavity.

Diagnoses: Laparoscopy biopsy results of intraperitoneal nodules showed a metastasis of papillary thyroid carcinoma. While pathological examination after total thyroidectomy showed no definite malignant tumor component in the thyroid tissue. Finally, combined with the patient's past history of malignant struma ovarii, peritoneal implantation metastasis derived from the malignant struma ovarii was diagnosed.

Interventions: The patient was treated by total thyroidectomy and iodine 131 (I) therapy. Post-therapy iodine scan and the single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) fusion image showed iodine uptake in the distal descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectal lesions, and a larger lesion in the liver.

Outcome: After treatment, although the thyroid globulin remained at a high level 3 months after treatment, the patient's hematochezia was relieved.

Lessons: Therefore, thyroidectomy followed by adjuvant I treatment should be recommended in patients with malignant struma ovarii as metastatic risk is difficult to predict based on histopathologic examination.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoid Tumor / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Liver Neoplasms / therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Splenic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Splenic Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Splenic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Struma Ovarii / secondary*
  • Struma Ovarii / therapy
  • Thyroid Cancer, Papillary / diagnostic imaging
  • Thyroid Cancer, Papillary / secondary*
  • Thyroid Cancer, Papillary / therapy
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / therapy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Iodine-131