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Level of HE4 is Correlated with Diagnosis of Struma Ovarii: A Case Report

Stavros Diavatis, Alexis Papanikolaou

(Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Am J Case Rep 2016; 17:459-461

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.897158


BACKGROUND: Struma ovarii is a rare ovarian teratoma with non-specific clinical presentation that can mimic malignancy, especially when combined with the presence of ascites. Since the surgical procedures performed for benign and malignant tumors are quite different, pre-operative differential diagnosis is key. In this case report we compare the levels of biomarkers CA 125 and HE4 in the differential diagnosis of a suspicious ovarian tumor.
CASE REPORT: A 75-year-old woman with a palpable mass at the left adnexa, ascites, and high levels of CA 125, underwent a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Histology reported benign struma ovarii.
CONCLUSIONS: Even though transvaginal ultrasound and CA 125 levels suggested malignancy, HE4 measurements correctly diagnosed benignity. 

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