Primary insular carcinoid of the ovary

Teresa P. Díaz-Montes, Linda E. Rosenthal, Robert E. Bristow, Francis C. Grumbine

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Background. Primary insular carcinoid tumor of the ovary is a rare tumor and accounts for fewer than 1% of all cases of carcinoid in the body. With the exception of a single reported case, all previously described functioning ovarian carcinoid tumors have measured at least 10 cm in diameter. Thus, there appears to be a good correlation between the size of the tumor and the presence of the carcinoid syndrome. Case report. We describe a case of a functioning primary insular carcinoid tumor of the ovary measuring just 6 cm in maximal diameter. Conclusion. Although primary ovarian carcinoid tumor is very rare, a high clinical index of suspicion must be maintained, especially in a patient presenting with carcinoid syndrome and a small adnexal mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-178
Number of pages4
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Carcinoid syndrome
  • Insular carcinoid tumor
  • Primary ovarian carcinoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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