Biopsy Specimens

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens of ovarian cystic lesions may be performed under ultrasound guidance (transvaginal or transabdominal) or at laparoscopy or laparotomy. Ovarian wedge biopsies are occasionally performed at diagnostic laparotomy for lower abdominal pain and core biopsies are carried out when it is unclear whether an ovarian mass is benign or malignant. Cystectomy with preservation of the residual ovary may be performed in patients in whom benign cystic lesions are suspected clinically.

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