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Tanzania Journal of Health Research
Health User's Trust Fund (HRUTF)
ISSN: 1821-6404
Vol. 15, No. 4, 2013, pp. 1-5
Bioline Code: th13027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
Document available free of charge

Tanzania Journal of Health Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2013, pp. 1-5

 en Bizarre presentation of bilateral ovarian leiomyoma: a case report
LEMA, VICTORIA C.; MASSINDE, ANTHONY N.; RAMBAU, PETER F.; NDABOINE, EDGAR; MATOVERO, DISMAS & RUMANYIKA, RICHARD NY.

Abstract

Primary leiomyoma of the ovary is rarely described in literature. It accounts for 0.5–1% of all benign ovarian tumours. Bilateral ovarian leiomyoma are rare and only few cases have been described. In this report, we describe a case of 29-year-old nulliparous, Tanzanian lady presented with one-year history of abdominal swelling and secondary amenorrhea. Examination revealed a palpable, suprapubic mass, and a pelvic ultrasound showed features of ovarian tumour. An explorative laparotomy was performed to confirm the diagnosis. A bilateral salpingo–oophrectomy and hysterectomy was performed for huge bilateral ovarian tumours. Histopathological examination confirmed ovarian leiomyoma. Challenges remain in the management of bilateral primary ovarian tumours, especially for young and nulliparous women. Pre-laparotomy diagnostic measures are important so as to know the type of the tumour you are dealing with and plan the appropriate management.

Keywords
ovary; leiomyoma; tumours; laparotomy; Tanzania

 
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