The management of ovarian tumors during pregnancy can be challenging because of the risk of fetal wastage and the possibility of surgery-related complications, or a delayed diagnosis of a possibly lethal disease or malignancy. The aim of this study was to study the characteristics and outcomes of pregnant women undergoing surgical intervention for ovarian tumors during pregnancy. We reviewed the data of 102 pregnant women who underwent ovarian surgery between 2000 and 2010 at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan. Data subject to analysis included gestational age at the time of surgery, complications, surgical and pathological findings, and the outcome of pregnancy. Fifty-two women who underwent surgery were excluded, whether by cesarean section, during the postpartum period or during simultaneous abortion surgery. Ultimately, the data of 50 patients were analyzed. Almost all patients (n = 46, 92%) were asymptomatic and underwent elective surgery. Frequently, this surgery was done in the second trimester (n = 35, 70%). We determined that teratoma (26%), mucinous cystadenomas (20%), and endometriomas (16%) were the three most common pathological findings. Nonspecific ovarian tumors were common (28%), including seven corpus lu...Continue Reading
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