Unusual primary secreting germ cell tumor of the spine: Case report

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Abstract

The authors describe a young man with a rare primary spinal germ cell tumor that secreted β-human chorionic gonadotropin. The tumor was resected, and six courses of adjuvant chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin, bleomycin and etoposide were administered together with irradiation to the craniospinal area. An additional dose of radiation was delivered to the tumor site after the first four chemotherapy sessions. The patient was well without any neurological deficit or iatrogenic sequela 33 months after diagnosis. The occurrence of this rare tumor located primarily in the spine warrants attention in pathological studies of spinal tumors in young patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

Keywords

  • Secreting germ cell tumor
  • Spinal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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