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Open Access Case Report

Retroperitoneal paraganglioma with metastasis to the abdominal vertebra: a case report

Jun He13*, Xingjun Wang2, Wei Zheng1 and Yaowang Zhao1

Author affiliations

1 Department of Urology, Hunan Children Hospital, Changsha 41007, China

2 Department of Urology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410011, China

3 Hunan Children Hospital, Changsha 410007, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8:52  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-52

Published: 28 March 2013

Abstract

Background

Extra-adrenal paraganglioma of the retroperitoneum with metastasis to the vertebra is very rare. To our knowledge this is the first report of this kind of disease in the literature.

Case presentation

Here, we present an oroginal case of paraganglioma of the retroperitoneum with metastasis to the abdominal vertebra in a 42-year-old female patient who was successfully treated by complete removal of the tumor and its metastasis. The patient was followed up for four years and remained disease-free.

Conclusion

Our case demonstrated the need to consider paraganglioma of the retroperitoneum in the differential diagnosis of retroperitoneal mass, metastatic tumors to the vertebra, and the importance of radical surgery for a successful management of the disease.

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Keywords:
Paraganglioma; Retroperitoneum; Metastasis; Vertebra