To determine whether there were differences in presentation, imaging, and tumour markers between pediatric and adolescent gynaecology patients with adnexal masses managed expectantly and those managed surgically.
We conducted a retrospective review of patients who presented to the pediatric and adolescent gynaecology service with adnexal masses between January 2003 and January 2006 at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. We used t tests, chi-square, and Pearson correlation tests for analysis.
We identified 114 patients with an adnexal mass. Fifty-nine percent had surgery (laparotomy 41.8%, laparoscopy 58.2%) and 41% were managed conservatively. The mean age of patients was 12.7 years (range 7 days to 18 years) and there was no difference in age between management groups (P = 0.59). The most common presenting symptom was abdominal pain (72.8%). Increased abdominal girth was found only in the surgical group (P