Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 282, Issue 6, pp 643–648 | Cite as

Abdomino-peritoneal tuberculosis masquerading as ovarian cancer: a retrospective study of 26 cases

  • Jai Bhagwan Sharma
  • Sunesh K. Jain
  • Mohanraj Pushparaj
  • Kallol K. Roy
  • Neena Malhotra
  • Vijay Zutshi
  • Shalini Rajaram
General Gynecology



Evaluation of clinical, laboratory, and operative findings in women of abdomino-pelvic tuberculosis undergoing laparotomy for suspected ovarian cancer.


A retrospective analysis of 26 women who underwent laparotomy for ovarian cancer and found to have abdomino-pelvic tuberculosis in three hospitals of Delhi.


The mean age was 34.65 years. Symptoms were menstrual dysfunction in 12 (46.2%), abdominal distension (8 women, 30.7%), abdominal pain (26 women, 100%), abdominal mass (5 women, 19.2%). Mean and standard deviation (SD) of Ca-125 levels were 594.22 ± 770.07. The mean ± SD of right and left tubovarian mass being 5.82 ± 3.94 cm and 5.81 ± 3.21 cm, respectively. Abdominal hysterectomy was done in 4 (15.4%) cases, right ovariotomy in 5 (19.2%), left Ovariotomy in 6 (23.1%), biopsies from right ovary 11 (42.3%), left ovary 7 (26.9%), omentum 10 (38.5%), peritoneum in 15 (57.7%). Tuberculous granuloma and AFB stain on histopathology were observed in all cases.


Peritoneal tuberculosis with abdomino-pelvic masses was difficult to differentiate from ovarian cancer. Antitubercular drugs are the treatment of choice and complete surgery being difficult and hazardous should be avoided.


Peritoneal tuberculosis Ovarian cancer Malignancy Ca-125 


Conflict of interest statement

The authors guarantee that this article has not been published elsewhere; it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and that it has been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of the institution or organization given as the affiliation of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jai Bhagwan Sharma
    • 1
    • 4
  • Sunesh K. Jain
    • 1
  • Mohanraj Pushparaj
    • 1
  • Kallol K. Roy
    • 1
  • Neena Malhotra
    • 1
  • Vijay Zutshi
    • 2
  • Shalini Rajaram
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyLok Nayak HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity College of Medical Science and GTB HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.New DelhiIndia

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