Low grade papillary transitional cell carcinoma pelvic recurrence masquerading as high grade invasive carcinoma, ten years after radical cystectomy

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  • Background: Tumor recurrence following radical cystectomy for a low-grade superficial transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is exceedingly uncommon and has not been reported previously. Case presentation: We describe a case of a young male presenting with anorexia, weight loss and a large, painful locally destructive pelvic recurrence, ten years after radical cystoprostatectomy. The pathology was consistent with a low-grade urothelial carcinoma. After an unsuccessful treatment with cisplatin-based chemotherapy, the patient underwent a curative intent hemipelvectomy with complete excision of tumor and is disease free at one year follow-up. Conclusion: A literature review related to this unusual presentation is reported and a surgical solutions over chemotherapy and radiotherapy is proposed. © 2008 Dangle et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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  • 9758433
  • Author List

  • Dangle PP; Wang WP; Mayerson J; Mortazavi A; Monk P
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  • 6