Small cell ovarian carcinoma: A rare, aggressive tumor masquerading as constipation in a teenager with a fatal outcome

Jesse Barondeau, Matthew Rodgers, Lo Ranee Braun, Kenneth Azarow, Melissa Forouhar, Kelly Faucette

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Abstract

A 16-year-old female presented with symptoms consistent with constipation with no constitutional symptoms. Multiple different laxatives were attempted over 4 months and were unsuccessful. This thin female developed an impressively distended, nonacute abdomen within a 2-week period. Histology demonstrated a stage IV small cell carcinoma of the ovary. Her disease initially responded to treatment, but ultimately she relapsed and failed to respond to 2 other chemotherapy combinations, which were based on limited success found in the literature. She ultimately passed away 13 months after the diagnosis, demonstrating the poor prognosis and rapid spread of this rare disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e139-e141
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Hypercalcemia
  • Small cell ovarian carcinoma
  • Vague abdominal pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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