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Germ cell cancer presenting as gastrointestinal bleeding and developing brain metastases: case report and review of the literature

, : Germ cell cancer presenting as gastrointestinal bleeding and developing brain metastases: case report and review of the literature. Future Oncology 8(11): 1487-1493

This paper describes a rare case of germ cell cancer with duodenum, brain and lung metastases. The patient presented with melena and left testicle enlargement. Orchiectomy revealed mixed germ cell cancer, enteroscopy revealed duodenal choriocarcinoma, and chest x-ray and computed tomography (CT) showed bilateral lung metastases. The patient received and tolerated cisplatinum-based chemotherapy, and responded well. However, he developed seizures 3 months later. MRI showed brain metastases and he was treated with whole-brain radiation. One month later, he developed progressive dyspnea. Chest CT showed worsening lung metastases. He received second-line chemotherapy, but died due to multiorgan failure. Germ cell cancer with nonpulmonary metastases has poor prognosis and the management of these patients requires a multimodal approach. Head CT should be considered as routine screening for all germ cell cancer patients on initial diagnosis and brain MRI should be considered for high-risk patients (with an embryo- or choriocarcinoma histology, dramatically elevated β-human chorionic gonadotropin and lung involvement).


PMID: 23148621

DOI: 10.2217/fon.12.133

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