Friday, September 2, 2011

Ovarian Neoplasms with Calcifications

  • Serous carcinoma (shown above): Often exhibit papillary histology, which is associated with psammoma calcification. The calcification is typically punctate, but can be amorphous.
  • Fibrothecoma: Dense calcifications are often seen.
  • Teratoma: Calcifications in mature teratomas (dermoid cysts) are localized to mural nodules, while those of immature teratomas have a more scattered distribution.
  • Brenner tumor: Can have extensive amorphous calcification within the solid component
  • Dysgerminoma: The ovarian counterpart to the seminoma. Can contain calcifications in a speckled pattern.


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