Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 280, Issue 1, pp 107–109 | Cite as

A suspicious vulvar mass diagnosed as a subpubic cartilaginous cyst

  • Patricia L. Judson
  • Joseph J. Ivy
  • Pawel Zwolak
  • J. Carlos Manivel
  • Denis R. Clohisy
Case Report



Subpubic cartilaginous cysts were initially described in 1996 with few reports to date.


We describe a 62-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer who presented with a painful, fixed, vulvar mass. MRI revealed an 18 × 10 × 12 mm3 mass extending from the anterior portion of the symphysis pubis without bony involvement. Excision was performed. Histologically, the mass consisted of fibrocartilage with extensive degenerative changes, compatible with a subpubic cartilaginous cyst. Over 24 months later, there has been no recurrence.


Subpubic cartilaginous cyst is a rare, benign lesion occurring on the vulva and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a painful, superior vulvar mass.


Subpubic cartilaginous cyst Vulva Vulvar mass 


Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia L. Judson
    • 1
  • Joseph J. Ivy
    • 1
  • Pawel Zwolak
    • 2
  • J. Carlos Manivel
    • 3
  • Denis R. Clohisy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, Division of Gynecologic OncologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory Medicine and PathologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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