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An undiagnosed non functioning retroperitoneum paraganglioma, complicating a gynaecological surgery; a case report

Abd. Wahab, Noraziana and Gharib Bilal, Hakim and Zakaria, Alik Riasadesa and Awang, Mokhtar (2010) An undiagnosed non functioning retroperitoneum paraganglioma, complicating a gynaecological surgery; a case report. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 9 (1). pp. 59-62. ISSN 1823-4631

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Abstract

Paragangliomas are uncommon tumors arising from the neuroendocrine elements (chief cells) of the paraganglia and symmetrically distributed along the aorta in close association with the sympathetic chain. Although functional tumors are easier to diagnose due to the clinical findings caused by excess secretion of catecholamines and an elevation of the urinary catecholamine levels, however the diagnosis of nonfunctioning paraganglioma of the retroperitoneum is diffi cult and only few cases have been made before exploratory laparotomy. Although our patient was initially planned and operated by our gynaecological team, the incidental fi ndings had to involve the general surgeons. She is fortunate that the tumour did not show any features of malignancy nor metastasis, however a long time follow up is needed in case of any possible recurrence.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3744/357
Uncontrolled Keywords: paraganglioma, non-functioning, retroperitonium
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Noraziana Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 15:58
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2011 13:49
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/357

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