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Xanthogranulomatous salpingitis

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Revised: 23 August 2019

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Related topics: Acute salpingitis, chronic salpingitis, foreign body salpingitis, granulomatous salpingitis, ligneous salpingitis, pseudoxanthomatous salpingitis, salpingitis specific causes

Nicole Riddle, M.D.
Jamie Shutter, M.D.
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Cite this page: Riddle N, Shutter J. Xanthogranulomatous salpingitis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/xanthogranulomatoussalpingitis.html. Accessed November 19th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Rare, < 20 cases reported
  • Destructive inflammation of unknown cause characterized by accumulation of excessive foamy macrophages with accompanying lymphocytes, plasmocytes, few polymorphonuclear leukocytes (Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 2008;35:291)
  • May represent hemorrhage in endometriotic foci (Ann Diagn Pathol 2007;11:117); may have infectious etiology
  • May simultaneously affect ovary
  • Symptoms: fever, lower abdominal or suprapubic pain, menorrhagia, vaginal bleeding, with adnexal tenderness and pelvic mass
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Microscopic (histologic) description
Differential diagnosis
  • Malakoplakia: Michaelis-Gutmann bodies
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