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Nihon Kokyuki Gakkai Zasshi. 2007 Apr;45(4):318-23.

[Multiple hepatic metastases due to germ cell tumor on initial clinical presentation].

[Article in Japanese]

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  • 1The First Department of Internal Medicine, Shinshu University School of Medicine.


A 31-year-old man presented with abdominal pain. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) demonstrated heterogeneously enhanced liver masses and chest CT revealed an anterior abnormal mass. He was admitted for further examination and treatment. The patient's serum beta-HCG level was markedly elevated (2,300ng/ml) and liver biopsy revealed the presence of choriocarcinoma and positive immunostaining for HCG. The patient was suspected to have combined germ cell tumor in the mediastinum with multiple liver metastases. He was treated with 8 cycles of BEP therapy (cisplatin. etoposide, bleomycin) and the beta-HCG level was normalized. We report a case of germ cell tumor with multiple and diffuse hypervascular masses in the liver as the initial clinical manifestation.

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