Mucinous Ovarian Tumors

Anne M. Mills*, Elisheva Shanes

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Ovarian mucinous tumors range from benign cystadenomas to borderline tumors to frankly malignant adenocarcinomas, and may display either intestinal-type morphology or, less frequently, endocervical-type differentiation. The latter category has been the subject of recent controversy owing to its morphologic overlap with so-called “seromucinous” ovarian tumors, a group that shares more molecular features with endometrioid tumors than it does with either serous or mucinous ovarian neoplasias. Endocervical-type differentiation in ovarian mucinous tumors may also represent an endocervical metastasis. Distinction of primary ovarian mucinous tumors from gastrointestinal metastases can be difficult, as the morphology of intestinal-type ovarian mucinous primaries sometimes differs only subtly if at all from gastrointestinal metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-585
Number of pages21
JournalSurgical Pathology Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Mucinous adenocarcinoma
  • Mucinous borderline tumor
  • Mucinous cystadenoma
  • Ovarian mucinous tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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