Pathognomonic echo patterns of benign cystic teratomas of the ovary: Classification, incidence and accuracy rate of sonographic diagnosis

B. Caspi, Z. Appelman, D. Rabinerson, U. Elchalal, Y. Zalel, Z. Katz

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Abstract

The great variability in the sonographic appearance of ovarian cystic teratomas poses difficulties for their diagnosis and classification. To overcome such difficulties, we have proposed a simplified classification of the pathognomonic echo patterns of ovarian cystic teratomas based on three basic types of echo pattern. In a prospective study of 118 echogenic adnexal masses, with postoperative histological confirmation, this classification enabled the correct diagnosis to be made in 115 cases (accuracy rate, 97.45%). In the three cases misdiagnosed preoperatively as ovarian cystic teratoma, the tumors proved to be benign and included a serous cyst adenoma, a serous cyst adenofibroma and a Brenner tumor. We suggest that, with our proposed classification of the echo patterns of ovarian cystic teratomas, sonography can become a quick and accurate tool in the recognition of this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cystic teratoma
  • Echo pattern
  • Ovary
  • Sonography

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