Ovary tumor
Other tumors not specific to ovary

Author: Nalini Gupta, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 8 August 2018, last major update December 2014

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PubMed Search: Paraganglioma [title] ovary
Cite this page: Gupta, N. Paraganglioma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/ovarytumorparaganglioma.html. Accessed October 24th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Can be primary or metastatic
  • Primary ovarian paragangliomas are very rare
  • Commonly present with hypertension
  • Potentially aggressive tumors
Clinical features
  • Abdominal discomfort, adnexal mass or hypertension
  • Potentially aggressive - 1 case had extraovarian disease at surgery
Radiology description
  • USG: solid cytic ovarian mass
Case reports
  • Surgery
  • Long term follow up is recommended
Gross description
  • Large solid mass (8-22 cm) with tan yellow to brown cut surface
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Well circumscribed but unencapsulated
  • Closely packed nests of tumor cells in zellballen pattern
  • Polygonal cells with abundant eosinophilic granular cytoplasm and speckled chromatin
  • Mitotic activity is low (0-2/10 hpf)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Nests composed of tumor cells


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Mediastinum tumor: H&E and S100

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Positive stains
Negative stains
  • EMA, PanCK, Keratin
Electron microscopy description
  • Dense core neurosecretory granules devoid of desmosomes
Differential diagnosis