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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151--153

Late intrathoracic relapse of pineal germinoma connected to intraspinal canal

Department of Neurosurgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Sagamihara, Kanagaw, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Satoshi Utsuki
Department of Neurosurgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine, 1-15- 1 Kitasato, Sagamihara, Kanagawa - 228-8555
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.32788

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Extraneural metastases of intracranial germinoma are rarely reported. The authors describe the first case of metastatic lung germinoma of the thoracic spine. A 27-year-old man presented with right shoulder pain and right upper limb weakness. He had a history of repetitive radiation therapy - nine (whole-abdomen; 15Gy), 12 (whole brain; 30Gy, whole spine 42Gy) and 14 years ago (local; 32Gy) - for abdominal metastasis, temporal and fourth ventricle metastasis and spinal dissemination and metastatic pineal germinoma, respectively. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a lung mass invading the thoracic spine that was diagnosed as a germinoma by tumor biopsy. He was treated by irradiation with 54Gy and two cycles of chemotherapy with cisplatin and etoposide. He did not have any sign of tumor eight years later.


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