Professor Cosimo Oliva, lecturer in Midwifery and Gynaecology at the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery at UniCamillus, took part in a delicate surgical intervention on a young woman suffering from a rare gynaecological malformation, the Cyst of the canal of Nuck, an inguinal tumefaction, at the Rieti Hospital in recent days.
The medical team was composed of gynaecologists, general surgeons and urologists. The patient – a 27-year-old woman from Rome – was suffering from a rare abnormality, which is usually discovered in childhood.
“Due to the rarity of the disease – Professor Oliva explains -, accurate information on its prevalence is not available. It is enough to think that the total number of cases is around 400 documented cases worldwide in literature. Literature is even poorer in relation to this problem in adulthood”.
A recent systematic review found a total of 16 known cases worldwide in adult patients, who had undergone surgery from 2000 to the present day due to this condition.
It is the rarity of this finding that makes the condition difficult to diagnose and treat, due to the lack of shared and validated diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.
The procedure was assessed, planned and performed thanks to the collaboration of the Gynaecology and Midwifery Operating Unit directed by Dr. Cosimo Oliva, the General Surgery Operating Unit directed by Dr. Luigi Raparelli, and the Urology Operating Unit directed by Dr. Mario Caponera, with the help of gynaecologists Dr. Antonia Squarcella and Dr. Achille de Dominicis of the Rieti Hospital.