Transitional cell bladder carcinoma with presentation mimicking ovarian carcinoma

Gynecol Oncol. 1996 May;61(2):294-6. doi: 10.1006/gyno.1996.0143.


In the case described here, the patient's initial presentation suggested ovarian carcinoma. She had recurrent ascites, a pelvic mass, elevated CA-125, and extensive peritoneal carcinomatosis with transitional cell histology. The presence of hematuria prompted a cystoscopy, which revealed the true site of origin to be the urinary bladder rather than ovaries. This presentation is extremely rare for bladder cancer. Since transitional cell tumors from the bladder have a much worse prognosis than those of ovarian origin, it is important to identify the primary site correctly. Therefore, cystoscopy is essential for patients with hematuria, and should be considered in cases of apparent primary peritoneal carcinoma with transitional cell histology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology*