Mucinous ovarian carcinoma: Slippery business


  • Robert A. Soslow MD

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    1. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
    • Attending Pathologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065
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  • See referenced original article on pages 554-62, this issue.


The belief that ovarian mucinous carcinomas are common, clinically unpredictable and often associated with pseudomyxoma peritonei is outmoded. A study from the Gynecologic Oncology Group, published in this edition, makes the case that high-stage mucinous tumors involving the ovary frequently represent metastases from extraovarian primary sites, are often misdiagnosed, and behave virulently.