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Retroperitoneal composite pheochromocytoma-ganglioneuroma : a case report and review of literature

Jinchen Hu1, Jitao Wu2, Li Cai2*, Lei Jiang2, Zhiqiang Lang2, Guimei Qu2, Houcai Liu2, Weidong Yao2 and Guohua Yu2

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1 Department of Abdominal Surgery, Affiliated Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital, Medical College of Qingdao University, Yantai, China

2 Department of Pathology, Affiliated Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital, Medical College of Qingdao University, No.20, Yuhuangding East Road, Yantai 264000, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8:63  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-63

Published: 15 April 2013

Abstract

Composite pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma is a rare tumor with elements of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma and neurogenic tumor. Most were located in the adrenal glands, and extra-adrenal composite pheochromocytoma is extremely rare. Only 4 cases in the retroperitoneum have been described in the online database PUBMED. Here, we report a case of retroperitoneal extra-adrenal composite pheochromocytoma and review the related literature.

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Keywords:
Composite pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma; Retroperitoneal; Ganglioneuroma