Giant uterine leiomyoma: Not all pediatric pelvic masses are ovarian

Patrick Opperman, Melissa Suh, Peter Abasolo, Shahab Abdessalam

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Uterine leiomyomas are rare in the adolescent population with only 19 reported cases in the literature. Interestingly, these masses represent a common presentation of gynecologic tumors with increasing age. We report a case of a 15-year-old female who presented with six months of abdominal pain and loose stools. Menstruation began at 11 years of age and she had no gravida history. Workup with ultrasound demonstrated a large pelvic mass presumed to be of ovarian origin. Diagnostic laparoscopy was performed identifying a large uterine mass. An open Pfannenstiel incision was made for complete resection. The mass weighed 526 g and was 11 × 9 × 9cm.The patient remains asymptomatic at 6 month follow up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101820
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Adolescent pelvic mass
  • Leiomyoma
  • Uterine fibroid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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