Is the stripping technique a tissue-sparing procedure in large simple ovarian cysts in children?

Enrico De Grazia, Marcello Cimador, Fabrizio Zimbaro, Francesco Arena, Carmelo Romeo, Gianfranco Scalfari, Pietro Impellizzeri, Daniela Villari

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Background: Stripping of the cystic wall is performed by gynecologists to treat large ovarian cysts. Information in the pediatric population is poor. We prospectively evaluated the pathologic specimens of large ovarian cyst to determine whether the stripping technique is a tissue-sparing procedure even in this age. Methods: We evaluated 5 patients. Samples were taken from the intermediate part of the cystic wall and from the layer covering the cyst during excision. The presence of ovarian tissue adjacent to the cyst wall, and the morphological features of the surrounding tissue were both evaluated. Pelvic ultrasound follow-up was also performed. Results: Patients' mean age was 4.5 years (7 days to 12 years). All cysts were removed because all were symptomatic. The mean diameter was 86.6 mm (74-100 mm). Cysts were follicular in 2 cases, serous in other two, and endometriotic in 1 case. Adjacent ovarian tissue was present in 1 of 5 specimens and was approximately 1 to 2 mm in thickness. The layer adjacent to the cystic wall always appeared as normal ovarian tissue. Ultrasound scans at follow-up revealed presence of ovarian tissue. Conclusion: The stripping procedure for large ovarian cyst excision allows to spare the adjacent normal ovarian tissue even in pediatric age because ovarian tissue is rarely excised with the cyst wall during the procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1357
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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De Grazia, E., Cimador, M., Zimbaro, F., Arena, F., Romeo, C., Scalfari, G., Impellizzeri, P., & Villari, D. (2008). Is the stripping technique a tissue-sparing procedure in large simple ovarian cysts in children? Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 43, 1353-1357.