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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-196

A retroperitoneal cyst masquerading as a para-ovarian cyst in a postmenopausal woman

Centre for Advanced Endoscopy and Infertility Treatment, Paul's Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

Date of Submission04-Feb-2021
Date of Decision09-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance11-Mar-2021
Date of Web Publication3-Aug-2021

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Dr. P G Paul
Centre for Advanced Endoscopy and Infertility Treatment, Paul's Hospital, Vattekkattu Road, Kaloor, Kochi - 682 017, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/GMIT.GMIT_11_21

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Paul P G, Annal A, Chowdary K A, Paul G. A retroperitoneal cyst masquerading as a para-ovarian cyst in a postmenopausal woman. Gynecol Minim Invasive Ther 2021;10:195-6

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Paul P G, Annal A, Chowdary K A, Paul G. A retroperitoneal cyst masquerading as a para-ovarian cyst in a postmenopausal woman. Gynecol Minim Invasive Ther [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 15];10:195-6. Available from: https://www.e-gmit.com/text.asp?2021/10/3/195/322969

Peritoneal inclusion cysts are rare mesothelium-lined abdominopelvic cysts occurring in perimenopausal women, first described by Mennemeyer and Smith in 1979.[1] They are commonly misdiagnosed as ovarian tumors.

A 56-year-old, P2L2, menopausal woman presented with lower backache and dysuria for 1 month. She had previous cesarean, with family history of breast cancer. Pelvic examination was unremarkable. Transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasound showed a large, anechoic cystic lesion of 10 cm close to the right adnexa, without solid components or color flow [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Ultrasound showing a large anechoic cyst with adjacent normal right ovary

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Total laparoscopic hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and excision of the right para-ovarian cyst was planned. Laparoscopy showed a normal uterus,  Fallopian tube More Detailss, and ovaries with a large 10-cm retroperitoneal cyst over the right pelvic side wall [Figure 2]. The cyst was enucleated after isolating the right ureter, and the content was serous fluid [Figure 3]. Histopathology confirmed benign cystic mesothelioma [Figure 4]. One-year follow-up showed no evidence of recurrence.
Figure 2: Laparoscopic view of the retroperitoneal cyst

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Figure 3: Retroperitoneal cyst after enucleation

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Figure 4: Histopathology showing fibrous-walled mesothelial cyst lined by flattened epithelium

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Benign cystic mesothelioma is a rare tumor arising from the abdominal peritoneum. Mesothelial tumors can be benign cystic, adenomatoid, or malignant. Classically, they present as large multi-cystic masses. Typical symptoms are abdominal distention, tenderness, ascites, nausea, and constipation.[2],[3]

It can mimic conditions such as ovarian malignancies and cystic lymphangioma and can pose a diagnostic challenge. Histopathology is confirmative. The presence of long slender apical microvilli and the hobnailed appearance of the cells are some of the distinguishing features.[4]

Pathogenesis remains unclear. It may be associated with endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and previous abdominal surgeries.[5] The treatment is usually surgical resection. Recurrence is possible, and therefore, follow-up after surgery is recommended.

These tumors may have local recurrence and can even occur many years later. It has been proposed that benign cystic mesothelioma behaves more like a borderline lesion. Rarely, it may transform into aggressive diffuse malignant mesothelioma.[6] Therefore, periodic follow-up is warranted.

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