Primary fallopian tube carcinoma diagnosed preoperatively by cervical smear

URAL U. M., Balik G., Tekin Y. B., Sehitoglu I., Bedir R., SAHIN F. K.

ANNALS OF SAUDI MEDICINE, vol.34, no.5, pp.444-446, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.5144/0256-4947.2014.444
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.444-446
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Primary fallopian tube carcinoma is a rare clinical entity that constitutes a diagnostic challenge in gynecological practice. Patients generally suffer from the three symptoms: vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge; however, this is usually not sufficient for confirming the diagnosis preoperatively in most circumstances. In this case report, we present a 49-year-old woman whose cervical smear raised a suspicion for fallopian tube carcinoma. All preoperative examination measures such as ultrasonography, hysteroscopy, and endometrial aspiration were normal. Repeated cervical smears were consistent with adenocarcinoma presumably ensourcing from the fallopian tube. The patient underwent laparatomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and pelvic para-aortic lymph node dissection. The primary serous papillary adenocarcinoma of the right fallopian tube was detected at the histopathological analysis, and the patient was referred for adjuvant chemotherapy. Cervical smear findings can be the only clue for the diagnosis of fallopian tube carcinoma.