Serous psammocarcinoma of the ovary and peritoneum: Two case reports and review of the literature

ALANBAY İ., Dede M., Üstün Y., Karaşahin E., Deveci S., Günhan Ö., ...More

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol.279, no.6, pp.931-936, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 279 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00404-008-0826-x
  • Journal Name: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.931-936
  • Keywords: Serous psammocarcinoma, Ovary, Peritoneum, CARCINOMAS
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Serous psammocarcinoma (SPC) is a rare variant of ovarian carcinoma or peritoneum that may present with features consistent with malignancy, or tumors of low malignant potential. This is two-case reports of a SPC of the ovary and peritoneum and review of the literature. A 41-year-old woman was referred to our clinic for adnexal mass. Ultrasonography revealed endometrioma. Endometriotic cyst excision and sacrouterine biopsy were performed via laparoscopy. Histological examination revealed endometrioma and psammocarcinoma of the peritoneum. Staging laparotomy was performed. She received six courses of chemotherapy. She has no evidence of disease after 6 years from surgical therapy and chemotherapy. A 50-year-old woman presented with pelvic pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen with nausea and emesis. CT scan showed extensive tumor in the lower abdomen, and free fluid in the abdomen and pelvis which appeared to be an ovarian tumor. She underwent a laparotomy and a right and left ovarian tumor measuring about 20 × 15 and 8 × 8 cm, respectively, were seen. Staging procedure was performed. Microscopic examination revealed SPC of the ovary. Chemotherapy was planned. The biologic behavior of this disease remains unresolved. Primary surgical debulking should be attempted, while the utility of postoperative chemotherapy remains unknown. © 2008 Springer-Verlag.