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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2 (1995), Issue 5, Pages 231-234
Gynecological Case Report

Enterobiasis of the Ovary in a Patient With Cervical Carcinoma In Situ

1Department of Pathology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
2Department of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Box 67, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston 77030, TX, USA

Received 20 July 1994; Accepted 26 October 1994

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Background: Enterobiasis occurs throughout the female genital tract and may involve peritoneal surfaces. It is generally an incidental finding at surgery or at autopsy but occasionally is symptomatic. Most of the superficial lesions are composed of granulomas with variable fibrosis in which diagnostic eggs are found, often associated with degenerated adult worms. Multiple histologic sections may be required to establish the diagnosis in older lesions.

Case: A case of enterobiasis of the ovary in a patient with squamous-cell carcinoma in situ of the cervix is presented. The features of enterobiasis are discussed.

Conclusion: The importance of mistaking such lesions for ovarian cancer is discussed.