BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-217787

Complications of dysgerminoma: meeting the health needs of patients in conflict zones

  1. Evgeny Solomonov1
  1. 1Ziv Medical Center, Tzfat, Israel
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, Bar Ilan University
  1. Correspondence to Dr Evgeny Solomonov, solomonov.sur{at}
  • Accepted 6 January 2017
  • Published 30 January 2017


A symptom of prolonged conflict is the destruction of infrastructure and healthcare systems. While the need for acute trauma services is obvious in conflict zones, patients with chronic diseases also require care. This report describes the clinical course of a young teenage girl with a large mid pelvic tumour originating from the left ovary and reaching the umbilicus. She presented with acute abdominal pain and underwent surgery in a healthcare facility within a conflict zone. She was then transferred to a neighbouring country for continuing care. The tumour is malignant. After further surgery, she required chemotherapy and will need ongoing surveillance. She has since returned to her home country. It is doubtful that she will be able to access all the care she needs. We describe her healthcare needs and discuss the disastrous effects of conflict on meeting the health needs of civilian populations in war zones.


  • Contributors ESO and AF have written and edited the manuscript. LH, Szvalb, Zidan and ES have all reviewed and approved the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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