Fallopian tubes & broad ligament
Broad ligament
Paratubal cysts

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PubMed Search: Fallopian tubes paratubal cysts

Nicole Riddle, M.D.
Jamie Shutter, M.D.
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Cite this page: Riddle N, Shutter J. Paratubal cysts. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/fallopiantubesparatubalcyst.html. Accessed January 17th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Epithelium lined fluid filled cyst adjacent to fallopian tube
  • Sometime referred to as paraovarian cyst
  • Generally, terminology depends on location of cyst
  • Hydatid cyst of Morgagni:
    • Variant of peritubal cyst
    • Commonly pedunculated, often tiny, frequently multiple, cyst connected to fimbriae
    • Though typically asymptomatic, is twice as common in women with unexplained infertility and may play a role in infertility (possibly due to interference with tubal pick up and function)
  • Common incidental and benign finding (~4% of women, ~10% of adnexal masses)
  • All age groups, most commonly third to fifth decade
  • Believed to originate from mesothelium or be remnant of Müllerian duct and Wolffian duct
Clinical features
  • Most cysts are small and asymptomatic ( < 1 to 8 cm in diameter, rarely 20+ cm)
  • May be found at surgery or incidentally on radiological study performed for another reason
  • Larger lesions may become symptomatic causing pressure or pain
  • May lead to torsion of adnexa resulting in acute pain
Radiology description
  • May be seen on ultrasound but also CT / MRI of pelvis / abdomen
Case reports
Gross description
  • Variably sized, typically thin walled "cavity" in peritubal tissue
  • May be attached to fimbriated end of tube by a pedicle
  • Almost always has clear serous type fluid
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Benign appearing cyst

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Usually lined by simple cuboidal epithelium
  • May have fallopian tubal epithelium or focal papillary projections
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Low power view of
cyst (lower) separate
from fallopian tube (upper)

Differential diagnosis
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