Squamous Cell Carcinoma from Abscessed, Mature Cystic Ovarian Teratoma - A Case Report and Literature Review

In Vivo. 2020 Jul-Aug;34(4):2141-2146. doi: 10.21873/invivo.12020.


Background/aim: Malignant transformation of mature cystic ovarian teratoma is a scarce eventuality, only rare cases being reported so far. Furthermore, development of this transformation in the setting of an abscessed tumor is even scarcer. The aim of this study was to report the case of a 47-year-old patient submitted to surgery for such a lesion.

Case report: The patient was investigated for diffuse pelvic pain and diagnosed with a 10×7×8 cm mass at the level of the left adnexa with imaging findings suggesting the presence of an ovarian teratoma. The patient was submitted to surgery involving a total hysterectomy with bilateral adnexectomy, lymphadenectomy and peritoneal biopsies. The histopathological examination demonstrated the presence of squamous cell carcinoma areas transformation in association with areas of abscess. Postoperatively the patient was submitted to six cycles of platinum-based chemotherapy and concurrent external radiotherapy. At one-year follow-up she is free of recurrent disease.

Conclusion: Although malignisation of mature cystic ovarian teratoma is a rare event, it should not be omitted when mature ovarian teratoma is suspected; however, association between malignant transformation and abscess is a scarcer eventuality.

Keywords: Squamous cell carcinoma; abscess; mature ovarian teratoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis
  • Abscess / surgery
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell* / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell* / surgery
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Ovarian Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Teratoma* / diagnosis
  • Teratoma* / surgery