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Magnetic resonance imaging of a vaginal paraganglioma and related literature review

  • Wei Wei Ji1
  • Fang Wang1
  • Wei Wei Lv1
  • QingWang1,*,

1Department of Radiology, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan (China)

DOI: 10.12892/ejgo3657.2018 Vol.39,Issue 2,April 2018 pp.316-319

Published: 10 April 2018

*Corresponding Author(s): QingWang E-mail:


Purpose: To investigate the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of paraganglioma (PGL). Materials and Methods: A 17-yearold girl was admitted to the present hospital with a palpable painless mass in her right vulva that gradually grew. The preoperative contrast enhanced MRI revealed an irregular lump with heterogeneous hyperintensity on T2-weighted images in the lower pole of the right labia majora, with heterogeneous hyperintensity on diffusion weighted image (DWI), and significantly enhanced hyperintensity after administration of contrast agent. Results: The patient underwent surgery and postoperative pathology confirmed the diagnosis of vaginal PGL. Discussion: Vaginal PGLs are rare and lack specific symptoms. For round or irregular masses within the vagina, which manifest with hyperintensity or with mixed signal on T2WI and DWI with well-defined boundaries, and obvious heterogeneous enhancement in contrast-enhanced MR scanning, PGL should be considered.


Vaginal paraganglioma; Neuroendocrine tumor; Clinical features; Computed tomography (CT); Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Wei Wei Ji,Fang Wang,Wei Wei Lv,QingWang. Magnetic resonance imaging of a vaginal paraganglioma and related literature review. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2018. 39(2);316-319.


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