Case Reports in Oncological Medicine http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Axillary Metaplastic Breast Carcinoma with Ipsilateral Pectoral Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: An Unusual Presentation Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:33:55 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/938509/ We report a case of axillary metaplastic breast carcinoma (MBC) with triple negative (ER−/PR−/Her2−) phenotype, concurrent with multifocal invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) of ipsilateral pectoral breast (ER+/PR+/Her2−) in a 60-year-old woman. The two tumors demonstrate different morphology, immunophenotype, and opposite response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy of paclitaxol, adriamycin, and cyclophosphamide. Methylation analysis of human androgen receptor (HUMARA) on X-chromosome identified monoclonal pattern of X-chromosome inactivation in MBC and mosaic pattern in the IDC. Stem cell origin of MBC is suggested in this case. Clinicopathological features, imaging findings, biological markers, chemoradiation management, and prognosis of MBC are reviewed in comparison to invasive ductal carcinoma. Our case and literature review suggest that traditional chemotherapy applicable to IDC is less effective towards MBC. However, new chemotherapy protocols targeting stem cell and multimodality management of MBC are promising. Recognition of unusual presentation of MBC will help tailor therapy towards tumor with worse prognosis. Lei Zhang, Sabahattin Comertpay, David Shimizu, Richard M. DeMay, Michele Carbone, Stacey A. Honda, and Jodi M. Matsuura Eaves Copyright © 2014 Lei Zhang et al. All rights reserved. Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:51:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/843749/ Purpose. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are rare in children and account for approximately 5–10% of all soft tissue sarcomas in adults. MPNSTs may occur independently but individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) have a significantly increased risk. Our aim is to present patients with MPNST treated in our department. Cases and Results. In this report we present 4 cases of MPNSTs (3 females: 13, 12, and 13 years old and 1 male: 10 years old) arising in patients with NF1. All of them presented with an enlarging mass and pain at diagnosis. Tumor was located in the buttock, the spinal cord, the trunk, and the left leg proximal to the heel. Wide excision of the tumor and radiotherapy were applied to all and adjuvant chemotherapy was given to three of them after the disease was progressed. All four died 32, 18, 10, and 22 months after diagnosis with progressive disease locally and pulmonary metastases in two of them. Conclusions. In conclusion, MPNSTs arising in patients with NF1 are high grade sarcomas with short survival. Individuals with NF1 should be followed closely in order to identify early the development of MPNSTs. Aggressive surgery and complete excision significantly improves disease-free survival. The usefulness of radiation therapy in MPNSTs is not determined although all patients will receive radiation therapy at some stage of the disease. The role of chemotherapy is unclear. Apostolos Pourtsidis, Dimitrios Doganis, Margarita Baka, Despina Bouhoutsou, Maria Varvoutsi, Maria Synodinou, Panagiota Giamarelou, and Helen Kosmidis Copyright © 2014 Apostolos Pourtsidis et al. All rights reserved. A PUBS Case in a Palliative Care Unit Experience Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:46:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/169782/ Purple urine bag syndrome (PUBS) is a rare condition in which purple discoloration of the collecting bag and its associated tubing occurs. It is considered a benign condition. PUBS is usually associated with urinary tract infection occurring in elderly bedridden women, with chronic urinary catheterization. This syndrome is usually reported to occur in alkaline urine, but here we describe a rare case of PUBS involving acidic urine. M. R. Restuccia and M. Blasi Copyright © 2014 M. R. Restuccia and M. Blasi. All rights reserved. Bilateral Choroidal Metastasis from Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:38:43 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/858265/ Breast and lung cancers are the most common primary neoplasms to manifest with choroidal metastases. The incidence of choroidal metastases from metastatic lung cancer was reported to be 2–6.7%. We report a case of bilateral choroidal metastasis from non-small cell lung cancer. A 59-year-old Caucasian female patient, never a smoker, was diagnosed with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma metastatic to the pleura, bones, and the brain. Her initial scan of the chest showed innumerable soft tissue nodules and mediastinal adenopathy compatible with metastatic disease. Her initial brain MRI showed numerous small enhancing lesions consistent with extensive disease. Unfortunately, during her follow-up visits, she presented with bulge on her left eye. Simultaneously, her follow-up chest scan showed increase in the size of the lung nodules. She continued to have a reasonable performance status at that time, except for mild increase in her dyspnea. The choroidal metastases require a multidisciplinary care and should be among the differential patients with malignancy who present with ocular symptoms. Tariq Namad, Jiang Wang, Annemarie Tilton, and Nagla Abdel Karim Copyright © 2014 Tariq Namad et al. All rights reserved. Pathological Complete Response and Long-Term Survival in a Very Elderly Patient after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced, Unresectable Gastric Cancer Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:25:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/532924/ We address the pathological complete response and long-term survival of elderly patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced, unresectable gastric cancer. An 83-year-old man was hospitalized for upper abdominal pain. Gastrointestinal endoscopy showed a large tumor spanning from the gastric angle to the antrum, and extending to the duodenum. Histological analysis of the biopsy specimen revealed a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. Computed tomography images showed thickening of the gastric wall and invasion of the body and head of the pancreas, but did not show distant metastases. The patient was diagnosed with unresectable gastric cancer, and was treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy using S-1 (80 mg/m2) and paclitaxel (60 mg/m2). After the third course of chemotherapy, gastrointestinal endoscopy and abdominal computed tomography revealed a remarkable reduction in tumor size. This reduction allowed distal gastrectomy to be conducted. Histological examination of the specimen revealed no cancer cells in the primary lesion or lymph nodes. The patient was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy of oral tegafur-uracil (300 mg/day) for one year after surgery. He lived for five years after surgery without recurrence. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy using S-1 and paclitaxel is a potent strategy for improving survival in very elderly patients with unresectable gastric cancer. Kunihiko Izuishi, Mitsuyoshi Kobayashi, Takanori Sano, Hirohito Mori, and Kazuo Ebara Copyright © 2014 Kunihiko Izuishi et al. All rights reserved. High Dose Radiotherapy to Automated Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Sun, 07 Sep 2014 12:28:44 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/989857/ We report a case of successful full-dose chemoradiotherapy to stage IIIB nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a 59-year-old man with extensive cardiac history and an automated implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) located within the radiotherapeutic field. In this case, the AICD was a St. Jude Medical Fortify Assura VR 1257-40Q ICD, and it was implanted prophylactically during bypass grafting. Although we do not recommend routine radiotherapy dose to exceed recommended current guidelines due to the potential risks to the patient, this is a situation where relocation of the device was not possible. Fortunately, our patient was not AICD-dependent; so following much discussion and deliberation, the decision was made to treat the patient with AICD in place. The patient completed definitive chemoradiotherapy with concurrent cisplatin and etoposide and thoracic irradiation to 69.6 Gy. The minimum, maximum, and mean doses to the AICD directly were 13.5 Gy, 52.4 Gy, and 29.3 Gy, respectively. The device withstood full thoracic radiation dose, and the patient denied cardiac symptoms during the time before, during, and after completion of therapy. We sought to offer this case for both teaching and guidance in practice and to contribute to the published literature currently available in this area. Inaya Ahmed, Wei Zou, and Salma K. Jabbour Copyright © 2014 Inaya Ahmed et al. All rights reserved. Coexistence of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:27:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/512928/ Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukemia in the Western world. Host immune surveillance caused mainly by the disease itself is speculated to be responsible for high incidence of secondary neoplasms. However, the simultaneous occurrence of CLL and myeloproliferative disorder in the same patient is extremely rare. In the present report, a case of an 81-year-old man who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and concomitant essential thrombocythemia is presented. We describe the morphologic, immunophenotypic, cytogenetic, and molecular findings in this patient. We also review the current literature. Patrycja Zielinska, Miroslaw Markiewicz, Monika Dzierzak-Mietla, Anna Koclega, Grzegorz Helbig, and Slawomira Kyrcz-Krzemien Copyright © 2014 Patrycja Zielinska et al. All rights reserved. Diagnostic Dilemma of a Rare, Giant Retroperitoneal Schwannoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:59:08 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/628538/ Schwannoma is a benign tumour of peripheral nerve sheath. It usually arises from head, neck, and trunk. Retroperitoneal schwannoma is a rare entity, accounting for only 0.3–3% of total schwannomas. Majority of retroperitoneal schwannomas reported in literature have a diameter of 5 to 15 cm. Preoperative diagnosis is difficult due to low frequency, nonspecific clinical course, and nonspecific imaging features. Histology usually provides definitive diagnosis. Schwannomas are solitary, well-circumscribed, and noninvasive, so complete surgical excision provides good result. We report a case of a 23-year-old male, who presented with progressive abdominal distension and intermittent episodes of intestinal obstruction. CECT was suggestive of huge solid-cystic mass in abdominopelvic region. Image guided percutaneous aspiration revealed around 1 litre of frank pus and FNAC was suggestive of abscess. Exploratory laparotomy revealed a large 32 × 28 × 26 cm mass with solid and cystic components containing 1 litre of pus. Histological features of tumour were suggestive of benign schwannoma and immunohistochemistry for S-100 was positive. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. We report this case of a retroperitoneal schwannoma because of giant size, rare location, unusual presentation, and diagnostic dilemma. Mahendra Singh, Lovekesh Kumar, Rajkumar Chejara, Om Prakash Prasad, Yuvraj Kolhe, and Ashish Saxena Copyright © 2014 Mahendra Singh et al. All rights reserved. Waldenström Macroglobulinemia in Hepatitis C: Case Report and Review of the Current Literature Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:54:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/165670/ Background. Recent literature has associated hepatitis C virus with the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hepatitis C virus infection appears to promote lymphoproliferation, providing a plausible mechanism for a causative association; however, despite prior reports of patients with comorbid hepatitis C infection and Waldenström macroglobulinemia, the literature is in disagreement regarding whether there exists an association between these two conditions. Case Presentation. This case report describes a 57-year-old African-American male with chronic hepatitis C infection and cryoglobulinemia who presented with several episodes of transient confusion and paralysis and was found to have symptomatic hyperviscosity. The recognition of his condition was facilitated by characteristic findings on ophthalmologic examination. He was subsequently diagnosed with Waldenström macroglobulinemia on bone marrow biopsy. Conclusions. An up to date, comprehensive review of the literature suggests an association between hepatitis C and Waldenström macroglobulinemia. Data on optimal treatment of patients with comorbid hepatitis C infection and Waldenström macroglobulinemia is limited. We have provided a comprehensive review of previously explored treatment options to guide management of other similar patients. Our patient has since been treated with repeated plasmapheresis with a plan to pursue antiviral therapy. Ryan Nipp, Aaron Mitchell, Allyson Pishko, and Ara Metjian Copyright © 2014 Ryan Nipp et al. All rights reserved. Tackling a Recurrent Pinealoblastoma Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:00:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/135435/ Pineoblastomas are rare, malignant, pineal region lesions that account for <0.1% of all intracranial tumors and can metastasize along the neuroaxis. Pineoblastomas are more common in children than in adults and adults account for <10% of patients. The management of pinealoblastoma is multimodality approach, surgery followed with radiation and chemotherapy. In view of aggressive nature few centres use high dose chemotherapy with autologus stem cell transplant in newly diagnosed cases but in recurrent setting the literature is very sparse. The present case represents the management of pinealoblastoma in the recurrent setting with reirradiation and adjuvant carmustine chemotherapy wherein the management guidelines are not definitive. Siddanna Palled, Sruthi Kalavagunta, Jaipal Beerappa Gowda, Kavita Umesh, Mahalaxmi Aal, Tanvir pasha Chitraduraga Abdul Razack, Veerabhadre Gowda, and Lokesh Viswanath Copyright © 2014 Siddanna Palled et al. All rights reserved. Renal Medullary Carcinoma: Case Report of an Aggressive Malignancy with Near-Complete Response to Dose-Dense Methotrexate, Vinblastine, Doxorubicin, and Cisplatin Chemotherapy Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:12:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/615895/ Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare but aggressive malignancy affecting young individuals with sickle cell trait. Renal medullary carcinoma commonly presents with advanced or metastatic disease and is associated with a rapidly progressive clinical course and an extremely short overall survival measured in weeks to few months. Due to the rarity of RMC, there is no proven effective therapy and patients are often treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. We report near-complete radiological and pathological response in a patient treated with dose-dense MVAC (methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin) chemotherapy. The patient underwent consolidation nephrectomy and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and had a 16-month progression-free survival, one of the longest reported in patients with RMC. Ali Imran Amjad, Hira Ali, Leonard J. Appleman, Jodi Maranchie, Stephen Jackman, Anil Parwani, Rajiv Dhir, Somak Roy, and Rahul A. Parikh Copyright © 2014 Ali Imran Amjad et al. All rights reserved. Synchronous Gastric Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor and Colon Adenocarcinoma: A Case Report Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:34:44 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/305848/ Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) represent the majority of primary mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. They are generally considered to be solitary tumors and therefore the synchronous occurrence with other primary malignancies of gastrointestinal track is considered a rare event. Here we present the case of a 75-year-old man admitted to our hospital with a 10-day history of gastrointestinal bleeding. Colonoscopy revealed an ulcerative mass of 4 cm in diameter in the ascending colon. Gastroscopy revealed a bulge in the gastric body measuring 1 cm in diameter with normal overlying mucosa. Surgical intervention was suggested and ileohemicolectomy with regional lymph node resection along with gastric wedge resection was performed. Pathologic examination of the ascending colon mass showed an invasive moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma stage III B (T3N1M0). Grossly resected wedge of stomach showed a well circumscribed intramural tumor which microscopically was consistent with essentially benign gastrointestinal stromal tumor (according to Miettinen criteria). The patient did not receive additional treatment. Two years later the patient showed no evidence of recurrence or metastasis. Thivi Vasilakaki, Kalliroi Koulia, Aikaterini Tsavari, Elissavet Arkoumani, Efstratios Kouroumpas, Anargiros Pavlis, Georgios Christopoulos, Konstantinos Stamatiou, Kassiani Manoloudaki, and Dimitrios Zisis Copyright © 2014 Thivi Vasilakaki et al. All rights reserved. Tension Pneumocephalus Related to Radiotherapy for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:54:20 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/327380/ Introduction. Tension pneumocephalus (TP) is a very rare complication related to radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Case Presentation. A 46-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with an altered mental status and aqueous rhinorrhea for several hours of evolution. The computed tomography (CT) scan showed TP, a defect in the skull base and nasocranial fistula. The patient was receiving a second course of radiotherapy for local relapse. With medical treatment the patient recovered neurological status but died two days later. Discussion. In our knowledge, only 4 cases with similar characteristics have been reported in the literature. This is the first case report of TP during radiotherapy. TP was an abrupt and rapid process with neurological impairment for hours of evolution without suspicious osteoradionecrosis (OR) in previous scan images. The defect in the skull base could be due to a rapid disappearance of the tumor. The appearance of aqueous rhinorrhea and neurological symptoms must be viewed as signs of alarm. Esther Jimenez-Jimenez, Sebastià Sabater Martí, and M. Victoria Villas Copyright © 2014 Esther Jimenez-Jimenez et al. All rights reserved. Malign Recurrence of Primary Chest Wall Hemangiopericytoma in the Lung after Four Years: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/470268/ Hemangiopericytoma (HPC) may develop in every site where the endothelial tissue exits and primarily develops in the skeletal-muscular system or the skin. Adult cases of HPC generally exhibit a benign course. 20–30% of the cases may show a malign course. The tumors that show more than four mitoses, a focal area of necrosis, and increased cellularity on a magnification ×10 are considered as malign. In our paper, we presented our case who showed a lung metastasis at the end of 4 years and who developed a pathological fracture of the right humerus at the end of approximately 2 years, because hemangiopericytoma is rarely seen in the chest wall as a primary tumor. Tulay Akman, Ahmet Alacacioglu, Devrim Dolek, Tugba Unek, Duygu Gurel, Ahmet Ugur Yilmaz, and Ahmet Onen Copyright © 2014 Tulay Akman et al. All rights reserved. An Incidental Finding of Mucinous Colon Cancer by 18F-Choline PET/CT Determining a Change in Clinical Management of a Patient with Recurrent Prostate Adenocarcinoma Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/297031/ A 66-year-old-man underwent a PET/CT scan after a biochemical relapse for a prostate cancer previously treated with a laparoscopic surgical procedure which revealed a focal uptake in the posterior wall of sigmoid colon. The biopsy demonstrated a colon cancer with mucinous differentiation producing a shift in clinical priority. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report in the English literature describing the detection by 18F-choline PET/CT of a colorectal cancer with mucinous differentiation. Carmelo Tuscano, Elvio Grazioso Russi, Said Al Sayyad, and Stefano Pergolizzi Copyright © 2014 Carmelo Tuscano et al. All rights reserved. Gradual Recovery from Nonambulatory Quadriparesis Caused by Metastatic Epidural Cervical Cord Compression in an Octogenarian Gallbladder Carcinoma Patient Treated with Image-Guided Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy Alone Using a Field-in-Field Technique Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:41:25 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/398208/ Radiotherapy for acute metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) involves conventional techniques and dose fractionation schemes, as it needs to be initiated quickly. However, even with rapid intervention, few paraplegic patients regain ambulation. Here, we describe the case of a mid-octogenarian who presented with severe pain and nonambulatory quadriparesis attributable to MESCC at the fifth cervical vertebra, which developed 10 months after the diagnosis of undifferentiated carcinoma of the gallbladder. Image-guided three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (IG-3DCRT) was started with 25 Gy in 5 fractions followed by a boost of 12 Gy in 3 fractions, for which a field-in-field (FIF) technique was used to optimize the dose distribution. Despite the fact that steroids were not administered, the patient reported significant pain reduction and showed improved motor function 3 and 4 weeks after the IG-3DCRT, respectively. Over the following 4 months, her neurological function gradually improved, and she was consequently able to eat and change clothes without assistance and to walk slowly for 10–20 m using a walker. She succumbed to progression of abdominal disease 8.5 months after the IG-3DCRT. This case demonstrates that image-guided FIF radiotherapy with a dose-escalated hypofractionated regimen can potentially improve functional outcome and local control. Kazuhiro Ohtakara and Hiroaki Hoshi Copyright © 2014 Kazuhiro Ohtakara and Hiroaki Hoshi. All rights reserved. High Grade Myofibroblastic Sarcoma of Paratesticular Soft Tissues Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/768379/ Tumors of the paratesticular region most often arise from the soft tissue surrounding the spermatic cord and the epididymis or from the soft tissue (dartos muscle) of the scrotal wall. Paratesticular tumors, despite their rarity, present a high incidence of malignancy (30%), and the therapeutic approach of choice is surgical resection with negative margin. The grade, the histology type, the presence of metastases during the diagnosis, the size of the tumor, the age of the patients, and the surgical margins are all important prognostic factors. We present a case report of a 86-year-old patient with a high grade paratesticular and scrotum sarcoma of soft tissues which was presented as a hard painful mass of the scrotum. The patient was subjected to high ligation of the spermatic cord and received no further treatment and 6 months after the operation no local or systematic recurrence was observed. Ioannis Anastasiou, Panagiotis K. Levis, Ioannis Katafigiotis, Georgios Karaolanis, Viktoria-Varvara Palla, Evangelos Felekouras, Antonios Athanasiou, Marina Perdiki, Dionysios Mitropoulos, and Constantinos A. Constantinides Copyright © 2014 Ioannis Anastasiou et al. All rights reserved. Concomitant Bifocal Urothelial Carcinoma and Breast Tumor: Second Primary Cancer or Metastatic Spread to the Breast? Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:13:19 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crionm/2014/917581/ Metastases to the mammary gland are an uncommon event in the natural history of most malignant tumors. We report the case of a 60-year-old woman who presented initially with bifocal urothelial carcinoma with a single breast tumor, raising the issue of a primary cancer or a metastatic spread to the breast. The diagnosis of breast metastasis was aided by identity of pathology, immunochemistry, and molecular biology findings between the primary tumor and the breast lesion, among which are the p.K120M mutation, a very rare TP53 mutation, and HER2 overexpression with underlying polysomy of chromosome 17. Clément Dumont, Hélène Gauthier, Jérôme Vérine, Jacqueline Lehmann-Che, Patricia de Cremoux, Damien Pouessel, and Stéphane Culine Copyright © 2014 Clément Dumont et al. 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.