Challenging diagnosis of a jejunal adenocarcinoma with ovarian metastasis: report of an unusual case

Yang Yang Huang, Jeremy John Pratt, Marcus Dabner, William Tjhin

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Abstract

We report the first documented case of ovarian metastasis from a jejunal primary adenocarcinoma in an Australian patient. The presentation was unusual, initially a suspicious abdominal nodule in the epigastric area, which turned out to be an adenocarcinoma of possible intestinal origin. Gastroscopy and colonoscopy were performed with no suspicious lesion identified. Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound imaging showed a complex pelvic mass suspicious of ovarian cancer. Laparoscopy was performed to exclude possibility of ovarian cancer and small bowel cancer. The ovarian mass showed similar features from the epigastric nodule, again suggestive of intestinal primary. Definitive diagnosis was obtained when the patient represented 2 months later with malignant bowel obstruction requiring palliative resection of the proximal jejunum. This case demonstrates the difficulty in diagnosing ovarian metastasis from a small bowel primary, which has the potential to mimic an ovarian primary tumour clinically, and a large bowel or ovarian primary pathologically.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

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