Study of ascitic fluid cytology in ovarian tumors


  • Chandralekha Janagam Department of Pathology, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Bhagyalakshmi Atla Department of Pathology, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India



Ascites, Ovarian carcinoma, Peritoneal fluid cytology


Background: The objectives of this study were to examine the validity of ascitic fluid cytology in the detection of pathological findings, to examine the percentage of false positive and false negative results in the cytology of ascitic fluid and to determine the validity of peritoneal cytology in relation to the histopathological type of the ovarian tumour.

Methods: This retrospective study, over a period of 6 months, included 106 peritoneal cytology findings. The experimental group included 106 cytology findings obtained from patients who presented with an abdominal lump/mass with ascites and diagnosed with ovarian tumors clinically. They included 88 benign ovarian tumours (83%) and 18 malignant ovarian tumors (17%). Patients with other causes of ascites were excluded from the study.

Results: The sensitivity of peritoneal cytology is 90%, specificity is 96.5%, positive predictive value is 85.7%, and negative predictive value is 97.6%. In 1.8% of patients, the peritoneal cytology showed false negative results, while in 2.8%, the results were false positive. False negative results were found in one case of teratoma with squamous cell carcinoma and one case of yolk sac tumor. False positive results were found in 2 cases of tuberculous-salpingo- oophoritis and one case of chronic salpingo-oophoritis due to reactive mesothelial proliferation, mistaken for adenocarcinoma.

Conclusions: Peritoneal cytology of ascitic fluid is highly specific and sensitive for detection of ovarian malignancies, particularly in grade 3 and grade 4 disease, since most of the patients with ovarian malignancies present to us at advanced stage of the disease.


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How to Cite

Janagam, C., & Atla, B. (2017). Study of ascitic fluid cytology in ovarian tumors. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 5(12), 5227–5231.



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