Abdominal Wall Reconstruction After Extirpation of a 140-Pound Primary Ovarian Mucinous Adenocarcinoma.

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Ovarian cancer is a feared diagnosis for women and clinicians alike. Ovarian mucinous adenocarcinoma is a unique subset of ovarian cancer. As a primary tumor, massive ovarian masses, and more specifically mucinous adenocarcinomas, have been infrequently reported in the medical literature. Team approaches to massive tumor extirpations are essential, as patients often require the expertise of various subspecialists including, but not limited to, gynecologic-oncologists, general surgeons, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Here we present a case of a 71-year-old woman with a massive, incapacitating pelvic mass, later found to be a primary ovarian mucinous adenocarcinoma. Once medically optimized, a multi-service team approach was utilized for tumor extirpation and abdominal wall reconstruction. Involved surgical services included Gynecologic-Oncology, General Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Exploratory laparotomy for tumor extirpation, hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, omentectomy, peritoneal stripping, bilateral inguinal lymphadenectomy, and appendectomy was performed. Extensively thin, devascularized, and attenuated abdominal wall fascia that was adherent to the tumor was removed. The abdominal wall defect was reconstructed and reinforced with inlay and overlays of biologic monofilament mesh. Inverted-T of the vertical and horizontal skin components was performed in a tailor-tacking fashion, assuring the maintenance and protection of the abdominal skin flap vascularity through utilizing the Huger Zones of perfusion. Pathology revealed a stage IA grade 2 mucinous adenocarcinoma of the ovary without evidence of metastasis. No adjuvant therapies were required. The tumor's weight was 140 pounds, and its dimensions were 63 x 41 x 40 cm. It is our hope that presenting this experience will raise awareness of this spectrum of diseases and allow for earlier diagnoses and treatments, as well as exemplify the virtues of a team-based approach in the successful extirpation and subsequent reconstruction of the abdominal wall and skin.





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Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Residents, Department of Surgery Faculty, USF-LVHN SELECT Program

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