The fallopian tube has received attention as an origin of high-grade pelvic malignancies. This is a case of bilateral fallopian tube cancer discovered after an abnormal Pap test. A 62-year-old woman with a history of one term delivery had atypical glandular cells on a Pap test. She had an unsatisfactory colposcopy and a normal transvaginal ultrasound. A loop electrode excision procedure and hysteroscopy with dilation and curettage revealed atypical glandular cells concentrated in floating balls. CA-125 was 10 U/mL. A robotic hysterectomy revealed histopathological stage IIIA serous carcinoma arising from both fallopian tubes. She received six cycles of carboplatin and paclitaxel. After chemotherapy, she has no evidence of disease at 5 years. Fallopian tube carcinoma is a differential diagnosis of abnormal glandular cells on a Pap test. Diagnosis by systematic pursuit of abnormal tests can lead to successful treatment of a small disease burden.
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- cancer intervention
- gynaecological cancer
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Contributors CB and BC reviewed the record, obtained photomicrographs, obtained consent and prepared the manuscript. FX directed patient care, advised development of the manuscript and agreed with the final draft.
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