Adult granulosa cell tumor of the ovary

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

A well-defined lobulated right ovarian mass (5.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm) of intermediate signal intensity on T1WI, intermediate to high signal intensity on T2WI, containing areas of high signal on T1WI and T2WI with hemosiderin sediment on T2WI (hemorrhage within locules). The solid component shows moderate and heterogeneous enhancement following IV contrast. The DWI / ADC show restricted diffusion. 

Left ovary and uterus appear normal with no significant endometrial thickening (thickness = 7 mm)

No pelvic lymphadenopathy or effusion is seen.


Macroscopically: the tumor was well-encapsulated, measuring 5 x 5.2 cm, with a smooth outer surface, heterogeneous in appearance: whitish solid with cystic components containing hemorrhage.

Microscopically: it appears as a well-defined, encapsulated, tumoral  proliferation composed  of cell layers, multinodular structures, trabecular patterns and some follicular territories of variable size delineating fibro-hyaline structures corresponding to the "Call-Exner bodies"


-vimentin: positive.

-CK7 and CK20: shows negativity of the proliferation

-actin: positive

-AE 1 / AE 3  shows a positive marking (focally)

-EMA: negative

-Inhibin: positive, calretinin: positive

Case Discussion

The patient had right salpingo-oophorectomy with pathologically proven adult granulosa cell tumor

It is considered as the most frequent subtype of granulosa cell tumors of the ovary (95%) and is commoner than the juvenile form.

Additional contributor: Selma Nezar MD, anatomopathologist, Batna, Algeria

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Case information

rID: 64991
Published: 8th Jan 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Gynaecology
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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