When is salpingo-oophorectomy indicated?

Updated: Feb 06, 2018
  • Author: Stacie M Ward, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Indications for salpingo-oophorectomy include the following:

  • Elective: Removal of normal appearing ovaries and tubes at the time of a concurrent surgery, commonly a hysterectomy for benign disease, to decrease the risk of development of ovarian pathology, and decrease the need for future procedures

  • Malignancy: Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or metastases to ovaries from a distant primary malignancy (gastrointestinal, breast, lung carcinoma)

  • Risk reducing: Removal of ovaries and tubes in women genetically susceptible to ovarian cancer

  • Benign adnexal mass

  • Adnexal torsion

  • Tuboovarian abscess

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