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A peri-menopausal woman presented with symptoms and signs suggestive of fibroids. She was fit and healthy with no significant past medical history. She consented to having a hysterectomy but her surgery was performed prior to any diagnostic imaging being done.At surgery there was an unexpected finding of disseminated carcinoma, diffusely infiltrating the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. There was an omental cake that was biopsied. Frozen section showed signet ring cells, suggesting bowel carcinoma. Further intra-operative examination revealed a caecal tumour. After surgery she was investigated further and eventually referred for palliation, due to her advanced disease.

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Milton Keynes General Hospital, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Standing Way, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, MK6 5LD, UK.