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Year : 2013 Month : May Volume : 2 Issue : 21 Page : 3829-3833


M. Ramani1, O.H. Radhika Krishna2, P.V. Ramana Bai3, N. Amulya4, Puja Deshmukh5.


Dr. M. Ramani,
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Dr. M. Ramani,  
Department of Pathology,
 Niloufer Hospital Institute of Child Health,
Red Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

ABSTRACT: Ovarian  tumors  in childhood  and  adolescence  are rare,  accounting  for  approximately  1%  of  all  malignant  neoplasms  in  the  age  range  of  0-17yrs. Ovarian  fibromas   are  rare  in  women  under  20  years  of  age,  accounting  for  approximately  4%   of  all  ovarian  neoplasms  . We    report  a  case  of  18year  old  unmarried  female  patient  with  ovarian  fibroma.  The  patient  presented  with  constipation, increased  frequency  of   micturition  and   distention  of  abdomen  since  4  months.  This case is presented   because of its rarity.
KEY WORDS: Ovarian fibroma, abdominal distension, adolescents

INTRODUCTION : An  ovarian fibroma  is  a  benign  ovarian tumor  of  sex  cord - stromal  (mesenchymal) origin.  They  are  rare  in  women  under  20 years  of  age, occur  usually  in  women above  30  years. Ovarian  tumors  in  childhood  and  adolescence  are also rare, accounting for approximately  1%  of  all  malignant neoplasms  in  the  age  range  of  0-17 yrs. The tumor belongs to the same histopathologic spectrum as an ovarian thecoma/ ovarian fibrothecoma.

CASE HISTORY : An 18 yr old  unmarried female  patient presented with constipation, frequency of micturition and distension of abdomen since 4 months .The patient attained menarche at the age of 13 years, regular periods 3-4/30 days, scanty flow. Systemic examination of CVS, CNS, Respiratory systems were normal, abdomen was distended.
Lab investigation revealed normal CA-125 levels. CT abdomen showed large heterogeneously enhancing mass in pelvis and abdomen. There was no free fluid in the abdomen. No pleural effusion was noted.
Salpingo-oophorectomy was done and we received a soft tissue mass measuring 20X15X12 cm. On gross examination, the surface was smooth with fallopian tube attached to the mass and the capsule was not adherent to it. It was rubbery in consistency. Cut surface showed lobulated grey white areas with whorled pattern. (Fig.1)
Microscopy revealed variably cellular bundles and intersecting swathes of collagenous fibrous tissue (Fig.2. The fibroblastic cells were arranged in storiform pattern having spindle shaped nuclei and luteinized areas were seen.
IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY: The tumor tissue showed strong positivity for Vimentin.
                    Based on the above histopathological and immunohistochemical findings, the diagnosis of ovarian fibroma was confirmed.

DISCUSSION: An ovarian fibroma is a benign stromal tumor composed of spindle, oval or round cells producing collagen (1). Ovarian  fibromas account for approximately 4%  of all ovarian neoplasms(2,3) They  are rare  in  women  under  20  years  of  age and occur  usually  in  women above 30  years. They are bilateral in about 5% of cases. The size ranges vary from few millimeters to >20cm.                              
                  Fibromas are usually solid, spherical, slightly lobulated, encapsulated, grey-white masses covered by a glistening intact ovarian serosa. Tumour is composed of spindle shaped cells forming variable amounts of collagen (Fig.-2). Sectioning of a fibroma typically reveals a chalky-white surface that has a whorled appearance (Fig.1), similar to that of a uterine fibroid. Areas of oedema, occasionally with cyst formation, are also relatively common.
                Comparing our case to a case report by Sugiyama. A et al., who had a case of ovarian fibroma in a young girl we noted that their patient presented with marked ascites and elevated serum CA-125 levels. (10)  
      There was also a report by Aruna Nigam et al. in a young nulliparous married female with a twisted ovarian fibroma with raised HCG levels and ascites mimicking ruptured ectopic pregnancy. (11)

•    Ovarian fibromatosis- diffuse dense thickening of the cortex of ovary.
•    Cellular fibromas - contain 1-3 mitotic figures/10 HPF.
•    Fibrosarcomas- have a mitotic rate of >4/10 HPF. Cellular fibromas and fibrosarcomas tend to be large and show areas of hemorrhage and necrosis.
•    Occasionally fibromas may present with minor sex cord elements.
•    Fibroma that exhibit aggregates of lipid-laden lutein like cells are termed “Luteinized thecomas”.
•    Fibromas are hormonally inactive.

•    Fibromas >10 cm in diameter sometimes associated with ascites and hydrothorax, relieved by removal of the fibroma.
•    Only 1% of fibromas can present as Meig’s syndrome.
•    Meig’s syndrome is the triad of ovarian fibroma with ascites and pleural effusion. It is a rare but well known syndrome. Pleural effusion and ascites resolve with successful resection of the ovarian tumor.
•    Ascites is sometimes present, and the serum CA 125 level increase, which may lead to the mistaken diagnosis of a malignant tumor of the ovary. (4,5)
•    Meig’s suggested that irritation of the peritoneal surfaces by a hard, solid ovarian tumor could stimulate the production of ascites. (6,7)
•    Trisomy 12 is also seen with some benign cellular fibromas.
•    CA-125 as an ovarian carcinoma tumor marker has been suggested as a valuable tool to assist in distinguishing between benign and malignant neoplasms. Unfortunately, it has not proved to be a reliable predictor of ovarian cancer as normal values do not exclude the presence of carcinoma and elevated levels can be associated with a benign diagnosis.(8)
           Surgery is the recommended treatment for ovarian fibroma. Salpingo-oophorectomy can be considered in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women, and cystectomy only can be performed in young women. Surgical removal of these solid ovarian tumors is recommended to prevent occurrence of malignancy. (9)

CONCLUSION:  Ovarian fibromas are uncommon but are the most common benign solid tumors of the ovary. They constitute about 4% of all ovarian tumors. Gynecologists should be aware of this type of tumor because of the difficulties in diagnosis. This tumor is often misdiagnosed as a uterine myoma in ultrasonographic findings and is sometimes mistaken for a malignant tumor of the ovary, because of its solid nature, increased tumor marker levels, and accompanying ascites. However, ovarian fibromas are benign and can be treated completely by surgical removal, and laparoscopic surgery can be an effective and safe alternative approach. This case is presented in a view of highlighting a rare case of ovarian fibroma in an unmarried 18 yr old female.

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FIG.1- Cut-section of the tumor with lobulated, grey white and whorled appearance.


FIG.2-  Variably cellular bundles and intersecting swathes of fibroblastic tumor tissue. (H&E10X)


FIG.3- Immunohistochemistry: Vimentin positivity shown by tumor cells. (40X)

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