Ovarian dysgerminoma: Report of seven cases and review of the literature

Holly H. Gallion, John R. van Nagell, Elvis S. Donaldson, Deborah E. Powell

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Seven cases of ovarian dysgerminoma are presented and the recent literature reviewed. The majority of the cases reviewed had tumor confined to one ovary at the time of diagnosis, and nearly 50% occurred in women <20 years of age. The 5-year survival rate was 91% for 211 patients with stage I disease and 65% for 60 patients with stage II to IV dysgerminoma. The addition of contralateral adnexectomy, abdominal hysterectomy, and radiation therapy was not beneficial when disease was confined to one ovary. The survival of patients with advanced disease treated with chemotherapy was comparable with that of patients who received radiation. Analysis of the present data suggests that the use of unilateral bophorectomy should be limited to those patients with disease confined to one ovary and no histologic evidence of lymph node metastasis. Abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral adnexectomy, and adjuvant radiation is currently the treatment of choice for patients with more advanced dysgerminoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-595
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3 PART 1
StatePublished - Mar 1988


  • Dysgerminoma
  • germ cell tumor


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