Mucocele of the appendix causing tubal factor infertility

Michael L. Traub, David S. Lee, Philip B. Paty, Harry Lieman

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Objective: To report on the safety of conservative management of a young woman with pseudomyxoma peritonei of appendiceal origin desiring fertility preservation. Design: Case report. Setting: IVF Center at Tertiary Hospital. Patient(s): A 32-year-old woman with primary infertility. Intervention(s): Appendectomy, conservative second-look laparoscopy, and IVF. Main Outcome Measure(s): Persistence of active mucinous lesions in the peritoneal cavity, presence of abnormalities at colonoscopy, and maternal/fetal complications from IVF. Result(s): Normal second-look laparoscopy, no evidence of persistent disease, and successful intrauterine twin pregnancy following IVF. Conclusion(s): Pseudomyxoma peritonei of appendiceal origin is rare in young female patients. Although traditional therapy in older patients often involves aggressive surgical therapy, this case report demonstrates that patients desiring fertility can be managed conservatively and safely and still maintain successful pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1957.e17-1957.e20
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009


  • Mucinous cystadenoma
  • disseminated peritoneal adenomucinosis
  • in vitro fertilization
  • primary infertility
  • pseudomyxoma peritonei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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