Unusually High Serum Levels of CA 19-9 in an Ovarian Tumour: Malignant or Benign?Correspondence Address :
Dr. Divya Pandey,
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, India.
Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) is a tumour marker found to be elevated in some ovarian tumours. We share our experience with a 55-year-old postmenopausal lady with unusually high CA19-9 levels arising from a benign mucinous cystadenoma of the ovary. The levels returned to normal eight weeks following staging laparotomy and a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy. This report shows rare and significant elevation of CA 19-9 levels with benign mucinous cystadenomas of the ovary thus showing that women with unusually elevated tumour markers may actually harbour benign disease. The tumour markers should not be used to predict the malignant status of a tumour.
Abdominal cavities, Ovarian mucinous cystadenoma, Tumour marker
Divya Pandey, Ritu Sharma, Shakti Sharma, Sudha Salhan. UNUSUALLY HIGH SERUM LEVELS OF
CA 19-9 IN AN OVARIAN TUMOUR:
MALIGNANT OR BENIGN?. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 March [cited: 2017 May 25 ]; 11:QD08-QD10. Available from
Date of Submission: Apr 29, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Aug 03, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Aug 20, 2016
Date of Publishing: Mar 01, 2017
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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