Hepatic angiosarcomatous transformation of a mediastinal germinal cell tumor: A care case report


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Abstract

Rationale:Mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) is an uncommon entity. Metastatic hepatic sarcomatous transformation is rare.Patient concerns:We report a 24-year-old man with no previous related medical history presented with chest pain and left arm numbness.Diagnoses:The x-ray showed an anterior mediastinal mass. The chest computed tomography (CT) confirmed the presence of a mildly enhancing mass in the same location, without invasion of any vascular structure. A CT-guided biopsy was performed, revealing a primary mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT), yolk sac histology, with areas of somatic transformation to malignant nerve sheath tumor. After surgery patient was followed-up with imaging. Two years later a CT scan showed a new hepatic hyper vascular lesion, confirmed by a subsequent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan. A CT-guided biopsy revealed a hepatic metastatic transformation to angiosarcoma of the primitive NSGCT.Interventions:The patient went on to received palliative chemotherapy.Outcomes:The patient is being followed-up regularly at the outpatient department.Lessons:Because of the potential of metastatic sarcoma arising from germ cell tumors, these patients should undergo periodical follow-up, with periodical scans. PET\CT scan might have a role in the follow-up of these patients.

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