A suspicious vulvar mass diagnosed as a subpubic cartilaginous cyst

Patricia L. Judson, Joseph J. Ivy, Pawel Zwolak, J. Carlos Manivel, Denis R. Clohisy

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Background: Subpubic cartilaginous cysts were initially described in 1996 with few reports to date. Case: We describe a 62-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer who presented with a painful, fixed, vulvar mass. MRI revealed an 18 × 10 × 12 mm3 mass extending from the anterior portion of the symphysis pubis without bony involvement. Excision was performed. Histologically, the mass consisted of fibrocartilage with extensive degenerative changes, compatible with a subpubic cartilaginous cyst. Over 24 months later, there has been no recurrence. Conclusion: Subpubic cartilaginous cyst is a rare, benign lesion occurring on the vulva and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a painful, superior vulvar mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009


  • Subpubic cartilaginous cyst
  • Vulva
  • Vulvar mass


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