An 80-year-old female presented with one month history of acutely worsening abdominal distention and pain, without fea- tures of bowel obstruction. A giant intra-abdominal simple cyst, separate from the ovaries, was seen on imaging. Initial haematological and biochemical investigations, including tumour markers, were normal. At laparotomy, the cystic tumour was discovered to arise from the sigmoid mesocolon and was resected en bloc. Histopathology revealed the tumour to be a benign extra-ovarian mucinous cystadenoma, which is a neoplasm of ovarian origin that can arise from extra-ovarian sites, including the mesentery. Extra-ovarian mucinous cystadenoma arising speciﬁcally from the mesentery are very rare intra- abdominal neoplasms with malignant potential despite its benign appearance on investigations. This case aims to raise awareness of this condition and to highlight its diagnostic approach and surgical management. INTRODUCTION Cases of mucinous cystadenoma arising speciﬁcally from the Mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN) are surface epithelial tumours mesentery are rare with only 17 cases previously reported in the lit- of ovarian origin that can arise from extra-ovarian sites including erature . There are no known risk factors aside from age (mean = pancreas, appendix, hepatobiliary tract and rarely the mesentery 32 ± 13) and gender (predominantly female) . The pathogenesis and retroperitoneum [1–4]. Generally, the vast majority of ovarian of extra-ovarian MCNs remains incompletely understood, and is MCNs are benign or histologically borderline tumours. They typic- furtherconfoundedbytheir discoveryintwo men. Some of the ally occur in mid adult life  and are rare before puberty or after more widely accepted theories that have been proposed include menopause . The most common subtype of MCN is mucinous mucinous metaplasia in pre-existing mesothelial cysts, invaginated cystadenoma, which is typically large, multi-loculated and ﬁlled peritoneum along the course of ovarian descent, coelomic metapla- with gelatinous ﬂuid rich in glycoproteins [5, 6]. The cyst wall of sia of epithelial cells and neoplastic differentiation of epithelial cells extra-ovarian MCNs is encapsulated by a ﬁbrous capsule, lined by from a secondary extragenital Mullerian system [1, 7–10]. mucin-secreting epithelium and goblet cells, and associated with Unlike its ovarian counterpart, extra-ovarian mucinous cysta- an underlying sub-epithelial ovarian like stroma (OLS) [1, 6]. The denoma arising from the mesentery has malignant potential with OLS stains strongly for alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) 42% identiﬁed as such in 17 cases . and vimentin and weakly for desmin. Both oestrogen and proges- We present a case report of a giant benign extra-ovarian terone receptors are expressed in the nuclei of OLS cells . mucinous cystadenoma arising from the sigmoid mesocolon. Received: February 6, 2018. Accepted: February 14, 2018 Published by Oxford University Press and JSCR Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. © The Author(s) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jscr/article-abstract/2018/3/rjy038/4924898 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018 2 A. Tan et al. Figure 1: CT abdomen with IV and oral contrast; (A) coronal and (B) sagittal. CASE REPORT An 80-year-old female presented to our health service with one month history of acutely worsening abdominal distention and pain, on a background of six months of non-speciﬁcgastro- intestinal symptoms which was investigated with an abdominal ultrasound that did not detect any abnormality. Relevant medical history includes vaginal hysterectomy secondary to ﬁbroids, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, hypercholesterolaemia and hypertension. On history, the main symptoms were abdominal distention and pain with no features of bowel obstruction. The vital signs were within normal limits. On examination, the abdomen was grossly distended with focal tenderness in the upper abdomen. There was a palpable cystic mass which appears of pelvic ori- Figure 2: Midline laparotomy showing cyst. gin, however, the gynaecological examination was normal. Routine laboratory investigations were normal. Tumour markers, including CA 125, CA 15-3, CA 19-9 and CEA, were all within normal limits. A contrast-enhanced CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis was performed, which revealed a large intra-peritoneal cyst measuring 21 × 25 × 26 cm , containing simple ﬂuid (Fig. 1). Therewereafew thin septations along the periphery with no appreciable nodular or soft tissue components within. The origin of the cyst was not able to be determined due to gross displacement of surrounding viscera. There was associated splaying of the bowel loops without resultant bowel obstruction. No pathologically enlarged abdominal, pelvic or inguinal lymph nodes were noted and there was no vascular com- promise. On pelvic ultrasound, the majority of the lesion appeared simple cystic in nature. There was no obvious internal colour ﬂow. Both ovaries were identiﬁed and appeared separate from the cyst. Figure 3: Resected cyst. A laparotomy was performed to resect the cyst for diagnos- tic and therapeutic purposes (Figs 2 and 3). The cyst was noted to originate from the sigmoid mesocolon. No other viscera DISCUSSION required resection. The patient made an uneventful recovery. Macroscopically, there was an intact cystic structure contain- Cases of extra-ovarian mucinous cystadenoma arising from the ing clear yellowish serous ﬂuid. The internal surface was smooth mesentery are very rare. Due to its rarity and typical benign with wall thickness of up to 10 mm. On microscopy, the cyst was appearance as a simple cyst, extra-ovarian mucinous cystade- lined by a single layer of columnar cells with apical mucin and noma is a diagnostic challenge to clinicians and may not be had surrounding ovarian stroma. There was no evidence of malig- pre-operatively recognized as a neoplasm with malignant nancy. The cystic tumour was conﬁrmed to be a benign mucinous potential. 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