The Scientific World Journal

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Volume 4 |Article ID 625426 |

Justin K. Nelms, Eric K. Diner, Ernest E. Lack, Sunil V. Patel, Seyed R. Ghasemian, Mohan Verghese, "Retroperitoneal Ganglioneuroma Encasing the Celiac and Superior Mesenteric Arteries", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 4, Article ID 625426, 4 pages, 2004.

Retroperitoneal Ganglioneuroma Encasing the Celiac and Superior Mesenteric Arteries

Academic Editor: Anthony Atala
Received27 Jul 2004
Revised22 Oct 2004
Accepted29 Oct 2004


Ganglioneuroma is a rare neoplasm arising from the sympathoadrenal neuroendocrine system and has anatomic distribution paralleling the sympathetic chain ganglia and the adrenal medulla. In some cases, ganglioneuroma is the end stage maturation of less-differentiated neoplasms such as neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma, but based on age at diagnosis (over 10 years of age) and anatomic location, many of these tumors appear to arise de novo. It must be included in the differential diagnosis of posterior mediastinal and retroperitoneal mass. We report a case of retroperitoneal ganglioneuroma involving the celiac axis and superior mesenteric arteries in a 40-year-old female.

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