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Primary psammocarcinoma of the peritoneum
  1. T. BİLGİN*,
  2. S. ÖZUYSAL and
  3. H. Cankiliç*
  1. * Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey
  2. Departments of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Prof. Dr. Tufan Bılgın, UludağÜniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum AD, 16059 Bursa, Turkey. Email: tbilgin{at}


Psammocarcinoma is a rare type of serous carcinoma arising from the ovaries or the peritoneum. Histopathologically, it has large deposits of psammoma bodies, invasion to surrounding tissues, and low-grade cytologic atypia. Biologic behavior is similar to borderline serous tumors with a favorable survival time. Primary surgical debulking with complete resection of the tumor should be the main surgical approach, while the benefit of postoperative chemotherapy remains unknown. A new case of primary peritoneal psammocarcinoma with survival after an initial diagnosis of 5.5 years is presented with a literature review.

  • ovary
  • peritoneum
  • psammocarcinoma
  • serous cancer

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