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Br J Radiol. 2009 May;82(977):e85-6. doi: 10.1259/bjr/40671180.

Testicular seminoma with mediastinal lymphadenopathy -- a diagnostic pitfall.

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Departments of Clinical Oncology, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.

Abstract

Relapse following adjuvant paraaortic radiation therapy in patients with Stage I seminoma is rare, occurring in approximately 4% of men. The majority of relapses are sited in the pelvis but relapse in the mediastinum is also recognised. As such, radiological imaging using chest radiographs remains commonplace in follow-up. However, there are reports of the association of testicular cancers with sarcoidosis and sarcoid-like processes in the mediastinum, emphasising the importance of making histological diagnosis prior to commencement of any treatment. We report on two men treated for testicular seminoma who on follow-up developed mediastinal lymphadenopathy, which was initially assumed to be metastatic seminoma. Both patients underwent mediastinascopy and biopsy prior to commencement of anti-cancer therapy. In both cases, the biopsies showed sarcoidosis, and unnecessary anti-cancer treatment was avoided.

PMID:
19386953
DOI:
10.1259/bjr/40671180
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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