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Histopathological patterns of ovarian lesions: A study of 161 cases

Abdulkareem Younis SULEIMAN1, Intisar Salim PITY2, Mohammed R MOHAMMED2, Bashar Abduljabar HASSAWI2

1 College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq
2 College of Medicine, University of Duhok, Duhok, Iraq

*Address correspondence to: Abdulkareem Younis SULEIMAN, email

BIOCELL 2019, 43(3), 175-181.


Ovarian lesions are commonly encountered pathologies that cannot be categorized clinicoradiologically. Definite diagnosis is of great importance for therapeutic and prognostic purposes. Histopathology gives accurate diagnosis in most cases. Few cases need supportive tests like immunohistochemistry. Objective: to study the histomorphological diversity of ovarian lesions, their age and location in North of Iraq (Mosul and Duhok). Patients and methods: In the period extended from January 2008 to December 2011, 161 cases of ovarian lesions were collected from pathology departments in Azadi General Hospital “Duhok” and Al-Jamhori Teaching Hospital “Mosul”. Automated tissue processor was used for histologic study and Streptavidin-biotin method on paraffin sections was applied for immunohistochemistry. Result: There was a wide age range, most being in the third decade. The right ovaries were more common involved than the left. Histologically, 58 (36%) cases were non-neoplastic and 103 were neoplastic including 90 (55.9%) benign and 9 (5.6%) malignant tumors. The remaining 4 (2.4%) cases comprised borderline serous cystadenoma. Conclusion: Most ovarian lesions were functional non-neoplastic followed by benign neoplastic. Apart from few cases, diagnosis was merely histological without any ancillary test.


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SULEIMAN, A. Y., PITY, I. S., MOHAMMED, M. R., HASSAWI, B. A. (2019). Histopathological patterns of ovarian lesions: A study of 161 cases. BIOCELL, 43(3), 175–181.

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