Accidental detection of nonmetastatic ovarian adenocarcinoma in tissue samples recovered during dilatation and curettage

Fadi W. Abdul-Karim, Keith W. Bennert, Michael Macfee

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We report two patients with ovarian cancer who were diagnosed with primary endometrial cancer when detached fragments of adenocarcinoma were identified in their dilatation and curettage specimens. Retrospectively, a fragment of fallopian tube and ovarian stroma were identified in the specimens. These findings served to alert the pathologist to the possibility that extrauterine sampling had occurred as a result of perforation of uterine wall during dilatation and curettage. Previous studies have focused on the cytologic detection of extrauterine cancer or on cases where metastasis to the endometrium has led to a misdiagnosis of primary endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993



  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Extrauterine cancer
  • Uterine perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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