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Clinicopathologic study of 16 cases of primary tubal malignancy
  1. A. N.Y. Cheung*,
  2. H. Y.S. Ngan,
  3. D. Cheng,
  4. R. J. Collins*,
  5. E. Gwi,
  6. L. C. Wong and
  7. H. K. Ma
  1. * Departments of Pathology and
  2. Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Hong Kong;
  3. Department of Pathology, Kwong Wah Hospital
  1. Address for correspondence: Dr Annie Cheung, Department of Pathology, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong.


Sixteen cases of primary carcinoma of the fallopian tube were diagnosed and treated at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong from July 1972 to June 1992 constituting 0.26% of the total gynecologic malignancies seen during that period. The average age was 61 years and the most common presenting symptom was abnormal vaginal bleeding. Preoperative diagnosis is difficult; in only one case was a diagnosis of malignancy made by cervical smear. An adnexal mass was detected in 13 of the cases (81.3%) either by clinical examination and/or ultrasonography. Therapy consisted of surgical resection, usually followed by various combinations of adjuvant radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The cumulative survival was 62%. In addition to the typical form of adenocarcinoma, one case of squamous cell carcinoma and a case of multifocal endometrioid adenocarcinoma were observed. One case of an apparently usual form of adenocarcinoma recurred as a heterologous malignant mixed Müllerian tumor 2 years after diagnosis. This series further emphasises the wide range of differentiation possible in the Müllerian system and the variety of neoplasms which may arise from it.

  • carcinoma
  • fallopian tube
  • Mü;llerian duct.

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