Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Massive serous cyst adenoma with ovarian abscess causing fatal septicaemia
  1. Zenab Yusuf Tambawala1,2,
  2. Shabnam Saquib1,2,
  3. Ikram Abdelaziz Shinko1,2 and
  4. Zuhdi Nagshabandi2
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dubai Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dubai Health, Dubai, UAE
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zenab Yusuf Tambawala; drzenabtambawala{at}


Isolated unilateral ovarian tumour without obvious concomitant tubal pathology is unlikely to cause intrabdominal abscess or septicaemia. Benign serous cystadenoma is a fairly common ovarian tumour but rarely causes fatality. We present a patient in mid-30s with massive ovarian serous cystadenoma presenting with abscess and septicaemia, leading to mortality. To our knowledge, no previous serous cystadenoma causing abscess formation has been reported before.

  • Obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility
  • Pathology

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Contributors ZYT: patient management, case draft, planning and editing. SS:literature review and editing

    manuscript IAS: editing ZN: patient management.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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