Case Reports in Oncological Medicine http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Massive Periocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma Engulfing the Globe: A Rare Case Report Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:15:38 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/641086/ The eyelid tumors are rare neoplasms in head and neck oncological practice. The maximum incidence is after sixty years and most of the tumors are situated in the lower eyelid and medial canthus. A wide range of clinical presentations contribute to a high risk of misdiagnosis. The factors such as very large lesions, incomplete excision, histopathologic features such as poor differentiation, multicentric origin, pagetoid spread, and delayed diagnosis are associated with poor prognosis. Because of different tissues at eyelid level, a variety of tumor types and subtypes can arise, but most of them are carcinomas. A rare case of eyelid carcinoma spreading and engulfing the whole of globe which was treated by orbital exenteration and postoperative radiotherapy is presented with a disease-free follow-up of 10 months which, considering its size, is extremely rare. The early diagnosis and proper treatment of such rare tumors still remain the mainstay to predict favourable prognosis. Rajender Singh Arora, Anirudh Bhattacharya, Dwarkadas Adwani, and Sidak Singh Arora Copyright © 2014 Rajender Singh Arora et al. All rights reserved. Myasthenia Gravis-Like Syndrome Presenting as a Component of the Paraneoplastic Syndrome of Lung Adenocarcinoma in a Nonsmoker Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/703828/ Adenocarcinoma of the lung is the most common form of lung cancer in nonsmokers. It is commonly seen in the periphery of the lungs. Myasthenia gravis is generally associated with mediastinal malignancies and rarely associated with adenocarcinoma of the lung. We present a case of a 38-year-old male nonsmoker with rapidly progressive adenocarcinoma of the lung associated with myasthenia gravis, a patient whom expired within 27 days of hospital admission and diagnosis. Sahar Eivaz-Mohammadi, Fernando Gonzalez-Ibarra, Hesam Hekmatjou, Rao Mikkilineni, Amit Patel, and Amer K. Syed Copyright © 2014 Sahar Eivaz-Mohammadi et al. All rights reserved. Maintenance Therapy with Trastuzumab in Her2 Positive Metastatic Parotid Ductal Adenocarcinoma Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:05:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/162534/ Salivary ductal carcinomas (SDCs) are extremely rare and aggressive malignancies, accounting for approximately 6% of all salivary gland malignancies. One distinct feature is their resemblance to ductal carcinomas of breast. A significant percentage of SDCs overexpress Her2 and the use of targeted therapy with trastuzumab can be considered in these patients. We report a rare case of long term disease control with trastuzumab in Her2 positive metastatic parotid ductal carcinoma. Our case also highlights that isolated brain metastasis should be managed aggressively to allow optimal local control when systemic disease is under remission with trastuzumab. We have also reviewed the published literature on the use of trastuzumab in SDCs. Muhammad Shahid Iqbal, Ghazia Shaikh, Sanjoy Chatterjee, Helen Cocks, and Josef Kovarik Copyright © 2014 Muhammad Shahid Iqbal et al. All rights reserved. Large Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Rectum Presenting with Extensive Metastatic Disease Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:13:50 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/386379/ Introduction. Rectal large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) is a poorly differentiated neoplasm that is very rare and belongs within the poorest prognostic subgroup among primary colorectal neoplasms. Here, we describe a case of LCNEC of the rectum, which highlights the aggressive clinical course and poor prognosis associated with this disease. Case Presentation. We report a case of a 63-year-old male who presented to our hospital with a one-month history of lower abdominal pain, constipation, and weight loss. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis revealed a rectal mass as well as metastatic disease of the liver and lung. Flexible sigmoidoscopy revealed a fungating, ulcerated and partially obstructing rectal mass located 6 cm from the anal verge. This mass was biopsied and pathological examination of the resected specimen revealed features consistent with a large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. Conclusion. Rectal large cell neuroendocrine carcinomas are rare and have a significantly worse prognosis than adenocarcinomas. At diagnosis, a higher stage and metastatic disease are likely to be found. It is important to differentiate large cell, poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas from adenocarcinomas of the colon and rectum pathologically because patients may benefit from alternative cytotoxic chemotherapeutic regimens. Vinay Minocha, Sania Shuja, Robert Ali, and Emely Eid Copyright © 2014 Vinay Minocha et al. All rights reserved. Carcinoma Buccal Mucosa Underlying a Giant Cutaneous Horn: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:12:18 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/518372/ Cutaneous horn is a conical, dense, and hyperkeratotic protrusion that often appears similar to the horn of an animal. Giant cutaneous horns are rare; no incidence or prevalence has been reported. The significance of cutaneous horns is that they occur in association with, or as a response to, a wide variety of underlying benign, premalignant, and malignant cutaneous diseases. A case of giant cutaneous horn of left oral commissure along with carcinoma left buccal mucosa is reported here as an extremely rare oral/perioral pathology. Sunil Kumar, Priyank Bijalwan, and Sunil K. Saini Copyright © 2014 Sunil Kumar et al. All rights reserved. Malignant Mesenteric Perivascular Epithelioid Cell Neoplasm Presenting as an Intra-Abdominal Fistula in a 49-Year-Old Female Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/534175/ Perivascular epithelioid cell tumors are rare mesenchymal tumors arising from histologically and immunohistochemically distinctive perivascular epithelioid cells that express both myogenic and melanocytic markers. These tumors are known to arise from different organs in the body and usually have an unpredictable clinical course. We report a case of a 49-year-old female who presented with diffuse abdominal pain, fever, chills, and nonbilious vomiting for a day. Work-up revealed a mesenteric mass measuring  cm, arising in the mesentery of the hepatic flexure, with adjacent gas suggestive of fistularization into the right colon. An exploratory laparotomy with resection of the mesenteric mass was performed, and the initial histopathology results were compatible with either an adenocarcinoma or a sarcoma; however, because of poor differentiation it was difficult to make a definitive diagnosis. However, final histopathology results revealed a malignant perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (with reservation that a S100 negative metastatic melanoma must be excluded clinically). Following surgery the patient was started on everolimus, an m-TOR inhibitor, and has shown good response to this medication. Sakshi Kapur, Napoleon K. Patel, Miles B. Levin, and Richard Huang Copyright © 2014 Sakshi Kapur et al. All rights reserved. Primary Angiosarcoma of the Spleen: An Oncological Enigma Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:02:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/193036/ Introduction. Primary splenic angiosarcoma is an extremely unusual neoplasm originating from sinusoidal vascular endothelium. Surgical extirpation is the mainstay of treatment of this highly malignant disease. Case Presentation. An 82-year-old woman was admitted with left pleural effusion and a palpable left upper quadrant abdominal mass, secondary to splenomegaly by two large splenic tumors. Classic open splenectomy was performed and angiosarcoma of the spleen was the final histopathological diagnosis, which was primary since no other disease site was revealed. Discussion. The incidence of the disease is 0.14–0.23 cases per million, with slight male predominance. Etiology is not established and clinical presentation may confuse even experienced physicians. Imaging modalities cannot differentiate the lesion from other vascular splenic neoplasms and the correct diagnosis is mainly set after histopathological examination of the resected spleen. As with other sarcomas, surgery is the only curative approach, while chemo- and radiotherapy have poor results. Prognosis remains dismal. Myoteri Despoina, Dellaportas Dionysios, Ayiomamitis Georgios, Strigklis Konstantinos, Kouroumpas Efstratios, and Zizi-Sermpetzoglou Adamantia Copyright © 2014 Myoteri Despoina et al. All rights reserved. Symptomatic Histologically Proven Necrosis of Brain following Stereotactic Radiation and Ipilimumab in Six Lesions in Four Melanoma Patients Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:54:10 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/417913/ Four cases previously treated with ipilimumab with a total of six histologically confirmed symptomatic lesions of RNB without any sign of active tumour following stereotactic irradiation of MBM are reported. These lesions were all originally thought to be disease recurrence. In two cases, ipilimumab was given prior to SRT; in the other two ipilimumab was given after SRT. The average time from first ipilimumab to RNB was 15 months. The average time from SRT to RNB was 11 months. The average time from first diagnosis of MBM to last follow-up was 20 months at which time three patients were still alive, one with no evidence of disease. These cases represent approximately three percent of the total cases of melanoma and ten percent of those cases treated with ipilimumab irradiated in our respective centres collectively. We report this to highlight this new problem so that others may have a high index of suspicion, allowing, if clinically warranted, aggressive surgical salvage, possibly resulting in increased survival. Further studies prospectively collecting data to understand the denominator of this problem are needed to determine whether this problem is just the result of longer survival or whether there is some synergy between these two modalities that are increasingly being used together. Stephanie Du Four, Angela Hong, Matthew Chan, Michail Charakidis, Johnny Duerinck, Sofie Wilgenhof, Wei Wang, Linda Feng, Alex Michotte, Meena Okera, Brindha Shivalingam, Gerald Fogarty, Richard Kefford, and Bart Neyns Copyright © 2014 Stephanie Du Four et al. All rights reserved. Her-2 Positive Gastric Cancer Presented with Thrombocytopenia and Skin Involvement: A Case Report Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/194636/ Gastric cancer is the 5th most frequent cancer around the world and the 3rd most frequent reason of deaths due to cancer. Every year, about 1 million new cases are taking place, with varying geographical distribution. Gastric cancer is often metastatic to liver, lungs, and bones in hematogenous way, to peripheral lymph nodes in lymphogenous way, and to peripheral tissues in adjacency way, yet bone marrow (BM) and cutaneous metastasis are quite seldom. Pancytopenia is a more frequent finding identified in BM metastasis of solid organ cancers, and isolated thrombocytopenia is less often. The human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER-2) is positive in gastric cancer at a rate of 7–34%. Here, we have presented our HER-2 positive gastric cancer incident which presented with BM and cutaneous metastasis, and has no 18F-fluoro-2-deoxi-D-glucose (FDG) involvement except bone metastases. Deniz Arslan, Mukremin Uysal, Ali Murat Tatlı, Seyda Gunduz, Sema Sezgin Goksu, Cumhur İbrahim Başsorgun, Hasan Senol Coskun, Hakan Bozcuk, and Burhan Savaş Copyright © 2014 Deniz Arslan et al. All rights reserved. Mixed Germ Cell Testicular Cancer with Left Ventricular Metastasis Presenting with Embolic Stroke and Small Bowel Tumor Seeding Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:13:48 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/250531/ Testicular germ cell tumors (GCTs) metastasize in a very predictable fashion involving the retroperitoneal nodes first followed by hematogenous spread to distant organs like lungs, liver, and brain. Metastasis to heart is an extremely rare entity for GCT and fewer than 20 cases have been reported in the literature so far. We have summarized here a unique case of nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) with intracardiac metastasis resulting in systemic macroembolization to liver, spleen, brain, bowel and musculoskeletal tissues. This led to multiple adverse sequelae including ischemic stroke and bowel perforation. Srinath Sundararajan, Beth Braunhut, Frederick Ahmann, and Amit Agarwal Copyright © 2014 Srinath Sundararajan et al. All rights reserved. Isolated Liver Metastasis of Sacrococcygeal Chordoma: Case Report and Review of the Literature Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:44:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/826584/ Chordomas are rare neoplasms arising from notochordal remnants and may develop anywhere in the body while the most common anatomic site is the sacrococcygeal area. The most effective treatment of chordoma is surgery. Chordomas rarely metastasize to lung, bone, soft tissue, liver, lymph nodes, and skin. However, there is currently no standard systemic treatment for advanced stage chordoma. Here, we reported a rare presentation of chordoma patient with liver only metastases and poor prognosis. Murat Akyol, Umut Varol, Ibrahim Yildiz, Ibrahim Vedat Bayoglu, Yasar Yildiz, Lutfiye Demir, Ahmet Dirican, Alper Can, Suna Cokmert, Mine Tunakan Oztop, Ahmet Alacacioglu, Yuksel Kucukzeybek, and Mustafa Oktay Tarhan Copyright © 2014 Murat Akyol et al. All rights reserved. Guillain-Barré Syndrome following Treatment with Sunitinib Malate Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:22:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/712040/ Sunitinib malate (Sutent, SU011248) is an oral multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) used for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma and imatinib (Gleevec)—resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) with few reported side effects including asthenia, myelosuppression, diarrhea, and mucositis. Scarce literature exists regarding the rare but often serious toxicities of sunitinib. Autoimmune and neurological side effects have been linked to sunitinib’s inhibition of VEGF receptors with a corresponding increase in VEGF levels, which is associated with development of different neuropathies. We hereby report an interesting case of Guillain-Barré syndrome in a middle-aged patient with metastatic renal cell carcinoma following sunitinib treatment. Ziad Kanaan, Zain Kulairi, Mirela Titianu, Sandip Saha, and Sarwan Kumar Copyright © 2014 Ziad Kanaan et al. All rights reserved. A Case of Primary Subglottic Malignant Melanoma with a Successful Surgical Treatment Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/968926/ Primary subglottic malignant melanoma is a very rare and underdiagnosed neoplasm. We are reporting a case of primary malignant melanoma of subglottic mucosa in a 78-year-old woman who presented to our hospital with shortness of breath and hoarseness of voice. Laryngoscopy and excisional biopsy along with immunoreactivity to S-100 and human melanoma black-45 (HMB-45) confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was treated with laryngectomy followed by radiotherapy. Five years following surgical treatment, she continues to be asymptomatic. To our knowledge, there is only one reported case of primary malignant melanoma of subglottic mucosa in the medical literatures. Shahzad Ahmad, Mahmoud Abdelghany, Curtis Goldblatt, Owen Stark, and Nicholas Masciotra Copyright © 2014 Shahzad Ahmad et al. All rights reserved. Rare Extraperitoneal Involvement with Fatal Outcome in a Case of Bilateral Luteinized Thecoma of the Ovaries with Sclerosing Peritonitis Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:56:35 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/904581/ We report the case of a woman diagnosed with bilateral luteinized thecoma of the ovaries with sclerosing peritonitis, multiple intraperitoneal cystic lesions, and extraperitoneal lesions of the liver, inferior to the spleen, and high suspicion of bone marrow involvement. The patient developed profound pancytopenia with rapid clinical deterioration and a fatal outcome. Mohamed A. Medhat, Mohamed A. Y. Abdel Malek, Saad Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, and James J. Driscoll Copyright © 2014 Mohamed A. Medhat et al. All rights reserved. Jejunal Perforation: A Rare Presentation of Burkitt’s Lymphoma—Successful Management Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:20:04 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/538359/ Malignant tumors of the small bowel presenting as acute abdomen are a rare occurrence. Burkitt’s lymphoma presenting as a surgical emergency needing emergency laparotomy is an uncommon presentation of this tumor. We present an interesting case of jejunal perforation as a first manifestation of Burkitt’s lymphoma which was successfully managed with surgical resection, high dose chemotherapy, and good supportive care. Samir Ranjan Nayak, Ganni Bhaskara Rao, Subramanya Sarma Yerraguntla, and Sisir Bodepudi Copyright © 2014 Samir Ranjan Nayak et al. All rights reserved. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Pancreas in a Patient with Germline BRCA2 Mutation-Response to Neoadjuvant Radiochemotherapy Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/860532/ Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the pancreas is a rare malignant neoplasia, accounting for approximately 0.5–2% of all malignant pancreatic tumors. These lesions are characterized by poor prognosis. Here we report on a case of a 57-year-old female patient with known BRCA2 germline mutation presenting with primary squamous cell carcinoma of the pancreas as the only malignancy. The tumor was locally advanced at the first presentation but responded almost completely to neoadjuvant radio-chemotherapy. Our case highlights the facts (i) that pancreatic carcinomas belong to the tumor spectrum of patients with the BRCA2-associated hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) and (ii) that tumors of the pancreas can represent the first or even the only manifestation of HBOC. Furthermore, this case of a nonkeratinizing squamous cell carcinoma indicates that HBOC-associated carcinomas of the pancreas might be characterized by a broader morphological spectrum than was previously thought. Since BRCA mutations cause deficiency of DNA double-strand breakage repair in tumors, neoadjuvant treatment regimens might become a reasonable option in HBOC-associated pancreatic carcinomas. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a primary pancreatic squamous cell carcinoma in a patient with this particular genetic background of BRCA2-associated HBOC. Anne M. Schultheis, Gia Phuong Nguyen, Monika Ortmann, Wolfgang Kruis, Reinhard Büttner, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, and Birgid Markiefka Copyright © 2014 Anne M. Schultheis et al. All rights reserved. Small Cell Lung Cancer Presenting as Severe Thrombocytopenia and Refractory Hypokalemia Thu, 15 May 2014 07:25:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/874831/ A 70-year-old female with a history of mild cirrhosis was referred by her primary care provider for a platelet count of 36,000/μL which had dropped from 47,000/μL in a week along with mild pain in extremities. Serum potassium was low (2.9 mEq/L) in spite of the patient being recently started on potassium supplement on outpatient for hypokalemia. Initially thrombocytopenia was attributed to cirrhosis. However, platelet counts continued to drop to a nadir of 9000/μL in spite of several platelet transfusions. Hypokalemia was refractory to potassium supplements. Subsequent bone marrow biopsy revealed extensive marrow necrosis with a focus of small cell tumor cells of pulmonary origin. CT scan of the chest showed a spiculated left lung mass. The ACTH level was high, with normal rennin and aldosterone levels. The patient likely had ectopic ACTH syndrome from small cell lung cancer. She died within few days of diagnosis. Severe thrombocytopenia and refractory hypokalemia can rarely be initial presentations of small cell lung cancer. Thrombocytopenia should prompt an evaluation for bone marrow metastases and a search for undiagnosed systemic malignancy. In severe cases of metastases, bone marrow necrosis can be present. Refractory hypokalemia can be the sole presentation of ectopic ACTH production. Rohan Mandaliya, Lesley Hughes, Herbert Auerbach, and Felice LePar Copyright © 2014 Rohan Mandaliya et al. All rights reserved. Letrozole Induced Hypercalcemia in a Patient with Breast Cancer Thu, 15 May 2014 06:42:48 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/608585/ Hypersecretion of PTHrP is a relatively common cause of malignancy-related hypercalcemia. However, there is only one case report of letrozole induced hypercalcemia. A 52-year-old female patient was referred to our clinic because of the recent discovery of hypercalcemia (11.0 mg/dL). The patient had a history of left breast carcinoma. She had started a course of letrozole (aromatase inhibitor; 2.5 mg dose/day) ten months earlier. Patient’s parathyroid hormone-related protein levels were normal and a bone scintigram revealed no evidence of skeletal metastasis. Other potential causes of high calcium levels were ruled out. We recognized that, when letrozole was taken at one dose daily (2.5 mg), she had recurrent hypercalcemia. Our experience suggests that letrozole may precipitate hypercalcemia in a patient with breast cancer. Suleyman Hilmi Ipekci, Suleyman Baldane, Ercument Ozturk, Murat Araz, Huseyin Korkmaz, Fatih Colkesen, and Levent Kebapcilar Copyright © 2014 Suleyman Hilmi Ipekci et al. All rights reserved. Reversible Posterior Encephalopathy Syndrome Secondary to Sunitinib Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/952624/ Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) is clinical radiologic condition associated with neurological symptoms and cerebral white matter edema. It has been associated with uncontrolled hypertension, eclampsia, immunosuppressants, and more recently the use of antiangiogenic drugs. Sunitinib is an inhibitor of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor widely used in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We report a rare case of RPLS occurring on therapy with sunitinib in a patient with RCC. Our aim is to highlight the importance of considering RPLS as a diagnostic possibility and to hold sunitinib for RCC patients presenting with neurologic symptoms. Ricardo Costa, Rubens Costa, Renata Costa, Gilberto Moura de Brito Junior, Henrique Queiroz Cartaxo, and Alex Caetano de Barros Copyright © 2014 Ricardo Costa et al. All rights reserved. Primary Hepatic Lymphoma: A Challenging Diagnosis Sun, 11 May 2014 09:52:02 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/212598/ Introduction. Primary hepatic lymphoma is an unusual malignancy and is very difficult to diagnose promptly. An intrigue case presenting with cholestatic jaundice is reviewed and main disease characteristics are further discussed. Case Report. A 70-year-old male presented with dull right upper quadrant abdominal pain and mild cholestatic jaundice. Initial evaluation revealed mildly elevated liver function tests and normal tumor markers, while imaging with an abdominal CT-scan showed multiple hypodense nodules in both liver lobes. First impression of metastatic deposits from gastrointestinal origin was not confirmed by endoscopic means. After CT-guided biopsy, primary diffuse large B-cells non-Hodgkin lymphoma was revealed. Appropriate chemotherapy improved patient’s condition markedly. Discussion. Primary hepatic lymphoma is a rare form of extranodal lymphomas, accounting for less than 1% of all extranodal lymphomas in general. In order to define the condition as PHL, liver has to be the only site of lymphoma occurrence or to be involved in a major degree with minimal nonliver disease. Most PHLs are of B-cell origin with large cells as the main cell type. D. Myoteri, D. Dellaportas, E. Arkoumani, A. Marinis, and A. Zizi-Sermpetzoglou Copyright © 2014 D. Myoteri et al. All rights reserved. Blinding Bilateral Hyperviscosity Retinopathy in a 43-Year-Old Nigerian Male with Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma: A Case Report and Management Challenges Mon, 05 May 2014 09:21:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/567632/ Lymphoplasmacytic lymphomas are rare and may present with uncommon and devastating symptoms. We report a case of a 43-year-old male who presented with bleeding gums and sudden onset of bilateral blindness but was not on anticoagulants and had no family history of bleeding disorder. He had bilateral hyperpigmented infraorbital skin lesions, visual acuities (VA) of hand motion in both eyes (blindness), round and sluggish pupils, and bilateral diffuse and extensive retinal haemorrhages obliterating the retinal details with central visual field defects. The optical coherence tomography revealed retinal haemorrhage, oedema, detachment, and diffuse photoreceptors damage. Investigations revealed elevated ESR and microglobulin, monoclonal peak on serum protein electrophoresis, high IG with lambda restriction on serum, and urine immunofixation with increased lymphocytes and plasma cells in the bone marrow. A diagnosis of lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma complicated by blinding hyperviscosity retinopathy was made. In the absence of an aphaeresis machine, he received four cycles of manual exchange blood transfusion (EBT) and commenced with chlorambucil/prednisolone due to difficulty in obtaining blood for continued EBT. His general condition and VA has improved and he is stable for more than six months into treatment. Abdulkabir A. Ayanniyi, Uchenna Godswill Ejikeme, Yohanna Tanko, Rilwan C. Muhammad, and Obiageli E. Nnodu Copyright © 2014 Abdulkabir A. Ayanniyi et al. All rights reserved. Oral Metastasis of Metaplastic Breast Carcinoma in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis 1 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:15:04 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/719061/ Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has been associated with an increased risk for development of malignancy, especially malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. In addition, recently, literature has demonstrated an increased risk of breast cancer in women with NF1. The present paper shows a 53-year-old woman with NF1 who presented with metaplastic breast carcinoma and developed multiple metastases, including mandible. Furthermore, we reviewed the English literature, found 63 cases showing the association between NF1 and breast cancer, and added one more case. The present study demonstrated an important association between NF1 and breast cancer. Until the present time, there has been only one case of metaplastic breast carcinoma associated with NF1. Curiously, in our case the oral metastasis corresponded to sarcomatous component of metaplastic breast carcinoma. Ana Paula Molina Vivas, Luana Eschholz Bomfin, Clovis Antonio Lopes Pinto, Ulisses Ribaldo Nicolau, and Fabio Abreu Alves Copyright © 2014 Ana Paula Molina Vivas et al. All rights reserved. Rapidly Progressed Primary Intestinal Follicular Lymphoma with Elevation of Soluble Interleukin-2 Receptor Levels Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:07:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/549248/ A 62-year-old Japanese male was diagnosed with primary intestinal follicular lymphoma involving the duodenum, jejunum, and rectum without lymph node involvement. The patient was classified as low risk by the follicular lymphoma international prognostic index (FLIPI) system. Treatment was deferred because he had no symptoms. Eleven months after the diagnosis, his soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) levels had risen from 383 to 617 U/mL. Lymphoma progression involving an enlarged perigastric lymph node was also documented. This report illustrates a case of rapidly progressed intestinal follicular lymphoma, suggesting the possible usefulness of sIL-2R levels as an indicator of lymphoma progression. Masaya Iwamuro, Ryuta Takenaka, Atsushi Mori, Shigeatsu Fujiki, Takayoshi Miyake, Shoji Asakura, Hiroyuki Okada, Katsuyoshi Takata, Tadashi Yoshino, and Kazuhide Yamamoto Copyright © 2014 Masaya Iwamuro et al. All rights reserved. A Case of Comorbid Myxoma and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Not Just a Coincidence? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:13:56 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/142746/ Background. It is unclear why cardiac myxomas develop. We describe a case of comorbid myxoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) to offer insights into the tumor’s pathophysiology. Case. A 56-year-old female with recurrent venous thromboembolism developed embolic stroke. Transesophageal echocardiogram showed a 1.7 × 1 cm sessile left atrial mass at the interatrial septum. Histopathology revealed myxoma with a B cell lymphocytic infiltrate suggestive of a low grade lymphoproliferative disorder. Bone marrow biopsy and flow cytometry of blood and the cardiac infiltrate supported the diagnosis of atypical CLL. She was followed clinically in the absence of symptoms, organ infiltration, or cytopenia. After eighteen months, she developed cervical and axillary lymphadenopathy. Biopsy confirmed B cell CLL/small lymphocytic lymphoma. She elected to undergo chemotherapy with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab, with clinical remission. Conclusions. The coexistence of two neoplastic processes may be coincidental, but the cumulative likelihood is estimated at 0.002 per billion people per year. A shared pathogenic mechanism is more likely. Possibilities include chronic inflammation, vascular endothelial growth factor A, shared genetic mutations, changes in posttranslational regulation, or alterations in other cellular signaling pathways. Additional studies could expand our current understanding of the molecular biology of both myxomas and CLL. Heather Laird-Fick, Ashish Tiwari, Santhosshi Narayanan, Ying Qin, Deepthi Vodnala, and Manisha Bhutani Copyright © 2014 Heather Laird-Fick et al. All rights reserved. Importance of HER2 Work-Up and Treatment Even in Patients with Poor Performance Status: A Case Report Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:34:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/731581/ Gastric cancer is one of most common types of cancers. Metastatic gastric cancer has a poor prognosis and is accepted as incurable at this stage. Treatment of metastatic gastric cancer did not progress substantially until new targeted agents have come out. Recently published ToGA trial showed promising results in HER2 overexpressing metastatic gastric cancer. In this case we present a case with an excellent complete response with anti-HER2 treatment. Most importantly, we wanted to emphasize (1) the importance of early determination of HER2 overexpression, and (2) to draw attention of anti-HER2 agents in the first line treatment even in patients with a poor performance status. Ali Suner, Hakan Buyukhatipoglu, Ozan Balakan, Mehmet Emin Kalender, Turgay Ulas, Alper Sevinc, and Celalettin Camci Copyright © 2014 Ali Suner et al. All rights reserved. A Rare Case of a Synchronous Anaplastic Carcinoma Thyroid with Ductal Carcinoma Breast Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/468159/ Dual malignancy was first reported by Billroth in 1889. Incidence of second malignancy in cancer patients is as high as 10%, but synchronous anaplastic thyroid cancer along with breast tumor is a rare entity. We present a case of a 61-year-old female with a synchronous anaplastic carcinoma thyroid with ductal carcinoma breast. The plausible association of breast cancers with thyroid carcinomas should thus be evaluated in larger cohort studies. More importantly, this report is to highlight the unusual synchronous occurrence of anaplastic thyroid cancer with ductal breast cancer and the therapeutic challenges involved in such cases. Saptarshi Ghosh, P. B. Ananda Rao, Shreyasee Sarkar, Sivasankar Kotne, S. P. V. Turlapati, and Anindita Mishra Copyright © 2014 Saptarshi Ghosh et al. All rights reserved. Combination Therapy of Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel and Carboplatin as First Line Therapy in a Patient with Ovarian Cancer Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:51:29 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/940591/ Background. Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women and causes more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer. Albumin-bound paclitaxel is known to increase intratumoral concentration of the paclitaxel by a receptor-mediated transport process across the endothelial cell wall, thereby breaching the blood/tumor interface. We present below three cases in which nab-paclitaxel based chemotherapy has been used in different settings for patients with ovarian cancer. Case Presentation. In the first case nab-paclitaxel was used along with carboplatin in adjuvant setting, in the second case, nab-paclitaxel was used along with carboplatin and bevacizumab as second line chemotherapy in a relapsed ovarian cancer case, and the third case delineates the use of nab-paclitaxel along with cisplatin as third line chemotherapy. Conclusion. In all the three scenarios, patients tolerated the chemotherapy well, as well as responding well to nab-paclitaxel based chemotherapy. The patients are currently on long-term follow-up and have been having an uneventful postchemotherapy. K. N Srinivasan, Amit Rauthan, and R. Gopal Copyright © 2014 K. N Srinivasan et al. All rights reserved. Oligodendroglioma Arising in Mature Cystic Teratoma Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:16:09 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/745462/ Background. Development of neuroepithelial tumors from mature cystic teratoma is very rare. We present a case of oligodendroglioma developing inside mature cystic teratoma. Case. Eighteen-years-old female, right adnexal mass with solid and cystic areas was detected. Sections showed all three germ layers. Also, a tumoral lesion was observed in a glial fibrillary matrix. Tumor was composed of monotonous, uniform cells which have oval-round nucleus, perinuclear halo, and indistinct cytoplasm. GFAP, EGFR, P53 were positive. Conclusions. We diagnosed oligodendroglioma arising from mature cystic teratoma. There was no recurrence at the end of 13 months followup. The number of cases which have been reported in the literature is only a few. Betül Ünal, Faruk Güleç, and Murat Şedele Copyright © 2014 Betül Ünal et al. All rights reserved. Lung Metastasis after an Eighteen-Years-Long Disease-Free Period since Uterine Leiomyosarcoma Diagnosis Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:43:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/961675/ Uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) is an uncommon malignancy that accounts for one-third of uterine sarcomas and represents 1% of all uterine malignancies, with an incidence averaging 0.5–1/100,000/year. The prognosis is poor due to its intrinsic aggressiveness and its characteristic high metastatic potential with reported distant metastatic spread in lung, abdomen, soft tissue, and brain. We present the case of a 67-year-old woman with lung metastasis after eighteen years since uterine leiomyosarcoma diagnosis and its following surgical resection. The diagnosis of pulmonary metastases was obtained by reviewing the histology of the previous uterine tumor: the tumor cells were immunoreactive for CD10, PR, and smooth muscle actin (SMA), but negative for desmin, S100, CD34, CD 117, cytokeratins AE1AE3, CD68R, and ER. To our knowledge, this disease-free interval is the longest among previous reports of pulmonary metastasis of uterine leiomyosarcoma. M. Guazzaroni, D. Tosti, M. Rascioni, M. Mataloni, D. Citraro, and G. Simonetti Copyright © 2014 M. Guazzaroni et al. All rights reserved. Management of a Patient with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer and Liver Metastases Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:30:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/790192/ Liver metastases are commonly encountered in patients presenting with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC); resection is the treatment of choice. A number of systemic treatment options are currently available for such patients, including the use of 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapies and oxaliplatin (e.g., FOLFOX) in combination with biologic agents that target angiogenesis (e.g., bevacizumab). For patients with progression following first-line treatment, current second-line options include a change in chemotherapy with bevacizumab (for patients who did or did not receive prior bevacizumab) or FOLFIRI in combination with aflibercept, a more recently approved antiangiogenesis therapy. Neurotoxicity is a well-established adverse event of oxaliplatin-based therapy. The current case details an mCRC patient with liver metastases who was treated with a capecitabine and oxaliplatin regimen (XELOX), and experienced two episodes of transient cortical blindness possibly related to oxaliplatin. After disease progression, the patient was switched to a regimen of FOLFIRI and aflibercept and did well on this second-line regimen. Muhammad Wasif Saif Copyright © 2014 Muhammad Wasif Saif. All rights reserved.