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Primary tubal choriocarcinoma
  1. C. R. GÁLVEZ,
  2. V. C. Fernández,
  3. J. M. R. De Los Reyes,
  4. M. M. M. Jaén and
  5. R. G. Teruel
  1. Gynecology and Obstetrics Department, H.U de Valme (Hospital), Sevilla, Spain
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: C. R. Gálvez Gynecology and Obstetrics Department, H.U de Valme (Hospital), Pozo de Máquina, 10, 41930 (Bormujos), Sevilla, Spain. Email: marcosff{at}


Choriocarcinoma is one of the most serious forms of gestational trophoblastic tumor. It is a malignant tumor from the epithelium of the chorionic villi. The most frequent location site is the uterus. Associated with ectopic pregnancy, it is extremely rare and in general, very aggressive. In 75% of the cases, it items from distant metastasis; therefore, a histological examination of the tubes must be performed in all ectopic pregnancies. Our patient was a 33-year-old woman who was admitted to emergency room (ER) with an intense pain in the right, iliac cavity, and limited genital bleeding. During the exploration, there was abdominal pain, with doubtful signs of peritoneal irritation. The vaginal ultrasound offered an image that was compatible with an extra uterine pregnancy in the left appendages. At emergency, right salpingectomy was performed via laparotomy. The patient was treated with polychemotherapy and contraceptives for a year, with no recurrence of the disease. Control follow-up was performed using beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) testing on a weekly basis during the first month and then bi-monthly during the first year of follow-up.

  • B-HCG
  • chemotherapy
  • primary tubal choriocarcinoma
  • salpingectomy

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