Sister Joseph's nodule in a liver transplant recipient: Case report and mini-review of literature

Fabrizio Panaro, Enzo Andorno, Stefano Di Domenico, Nicola Morelli, Giuliano Bottino, Rosalia Mondello, Marco Miggino, Tomasz M. Jarzembowski, Ferruccio Ravazzoni, Marco Casaccia, Umberto Valente

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Background: Umbilical metastasis is one of the main characteristic signs of extensive neoplastic disease and is universally referred to as Sister Mary Joseph's nodule. Case presentation: A 59-years-old Caucasian female underwent liver transplant for end stage liver disease due to hepatitis C with whole graft from cadaveric donor in 2003. After transplantation the patient developed multiple subcutaneous nodules in the umbilical region and bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathy. The excision biopsy of the umbilical mass showed the features of a poorly differentiated papillary serous cystadenocarcinoma. Computed tomographic scan and transvaginal ultrasonography were unable to demonstrate any primary lesion. Chemotherapy was start and the dosage of the immunosuppressive drugs was reduced. To date the patient is doing well and liver function is normal. Conclusions: The umbilical metastasis can arise from many sites. In some cases, primary tumor may be not identified; nonetheless chemotherapy must be administrated based on patient's history, anatomical and histological findings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Jan 14 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Surgery


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