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Int J Gynecol Cancer. 1999 Mar;9(2):170-172.

Primary serous adenocarcinoma of the retroperitoneum with a response to platinum-based chemotherapy: a case report.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki-City, Japan; Department of Pathology, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki-City, Japan.


A CAT-scan-guided biopsy of the retroperitoneal tumor of a 54-year-old female revealed a serous adenocarcinoma resembling a serous adenocarcinoma of ovarian origin. Partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy was observed. Exploratory laparotomies and an autopsy found no possible primary lesion for the tumor. Therefore, we concluded that this tumor is a primary serous adenocarcinoma of the retroperitoneum. Although further accumulation of cases is required, it appears that primary treatment for serous adenocarcinoma of the retroperitoneum is platinum-based chemotherapy if surgical removal is incomplete.


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