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Rare disease
Subpubic cartilaginous cyst: an unusual cause of a vulval mass
  1. Richard Wesley Bullock,
  2. Deanne Patrice Soares,
  3. Sundeep Shah
  1. University Hospital of the West Indies, Radiology Section, Mona, Kingston 6, Jamaica
  1. Deanne Patrice Soares, deanne_soares{at}


We present a case of a postmenopausal female who visited her doctor for a slowly growing mass in the vulval region. The mass did not show typical clinical features of a vulval neoplasm. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a mass arising from the undersurface of the symphysis pubis. A literature review revealed characteristics of this lesion compatible with a subpubic cartilaginous cyst—a rare benign degenerative condition of the symphysis pubis. As a result the mass was managed non-operatively and the patient remains well 2 years later. This article highlights the role of MRI in the diagnosis of this unusual vulval mass.

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  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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