Carcinoma of the fallopian tube

Surg Clin North Am. 1978 Feb;58(1):121-9. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)41439-8.


Carcinoma of the fallopian tube is the least frequent tumor of the female genital tract. It may occur at any age but is more common in the sixth decade. The tumor involves both tubes in 26 per cent of cases. The spread is by direct extension to peritoneum. The symptoms include metrorrhagia, leukorrhea, abdominal pain, singly or in combination. The diagnosis is difficult but could be made more frequently if the causes of abnormal bleeding were thoroughly investigated by means of cytology and endometrial curettage. Treatment is by resection of the tumor, total hysterectomy, and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy followed by chemotherapy. The 5-year survival rate is 38 per cent.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / pathology
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Prognosis