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Mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix with raised serum carcinoembryonic antigen concentration: clinical and pathological features.
  1. T Shimizu,
  2. M Shimizu,
  3. K Kawaguchi,
  4. W Yomura,
  5. Y Ihara,
  6. T Matsumoto
  1. Shimizu Women's Clinic, Takarazuka, Japan.


    A case of mucinous cystadenoma mimicking ovarian cancer is reported. Serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) concentration was raised, and computed tomography of the abdomen and pelvis demonstrated a long oval shaped cystic mass measuring 9 cm in length on the right anterior side of the uterus. Because of possible right ovarian cancer, laparotomy was performed and the mass was found to be a mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix. This case indicates that mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix may show an unusual presentation including its location as well as the high serum CEA, mimicking ovarian cancer. Therefore, gynaecologists as well as gastroenterologists should consider its possibility as a differential diagnosis of the right adnexal mass in a patient without previous appendectomy.

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