Clinical Presentation

Most fallopian tubes submitted as surgical pathology specimens are a component of larger specimens and symptomatology specifically related to pathology in the fallopian tube is relatively rare. However, ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube and usually present with abdominal pain. If there is associated haemoperitoneum the pain is severe and associated with signs of peritonism. Other fallopian tube pathologies may result in abdominal pain or patients can present with infertility. With neoplasms or other pathological lesions causing enlargement of the fallopian tube there may be a palpable abdominal mass with or without associated ascites. Fallopian tube pathology is occasionally discovered incidentally during abdominal or pelvic imaging.

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