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Germ Cell Tumor

Laurie Cook, Michelle Tensley, Wm Tod Drost, Christopher Koivisto, Michael Oglesbee
A 4 yr old border collie presenting for mydriasis and decreased mentation and a 7 yr old Boston terrier presenting for obtundation, head tilt, and paraparesis were both evaluated using MRI. Findings in both included mass lesions of the thalamus and brainstem that were hypo- to isointense on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images with regions of hypointensity, and robust contrast enhancement and displacement of adjacent structures. Postmortem histopathology findings, tumor location, and a mixed pattern of epithelial cell differentiation were consistent with germ cell tumor in both cases...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Kenrick Ng, Sarah Duncan, Jonathan Shamash, Constantine Alifrangis
The treatment of poor prognosis chemotherapy naïve or relapsed testicular cancer is challenging. In poor prognosis treatment naïve disease, the outlook for patients with standard approaches utilising three weekly cisplatin based regimens, most commonly bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin (BEP) is suboptimal, and one can expect more than half of patients to relapse or progress and need salvage treatment. Recent randomised studies have lent weight to the use of dose intensified treatments in these selected patient groups...
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Andres Matoso, Binny Khandakar, Songyang Yuan, Tony Wu, Li J Wang, Kara A Lombardo, Shamlal Mangray, Abul Ala Syed Rifat Mannan, Evgeny Yakirevich
Gender confirmation surgery (GCS) is increasingly common in persons with gender dysphoria. We describe changes seen in gonads from individuals seeking male to female physical adaptation. We studied 99 orchiectomies from 50 persons. The average age was 33years (range: 21-63). Eighty six of 99 (86.8%) testes were normal in size with an average size of 3.87cm (range: 3.0-5.5). Thirteen of 99 (13.1%) testes were hypotrophic and measured up to 2.5cm. Seminiferous tubules were reduced in diameter compared to controls (0...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Alejandro D Bolzán, Martha S Bianchi
Bleomycin (BLM) is an antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces verticillus. It has radiomimetic actions on DNA thus it has been widely used in clinical chemotherapy for the treatment of different types of cancer, including head and neck tumors, lymphomas, squamous-cell carcinomas and germ-cell tumors. Because of this, the study of BLM genotoxicity is of practical interest. This antibiotic is an S-independent clastogen and an agent that generates free radicals and induces single- and double-strand breaks in DNA...
January 2018: Mutation Research
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March 15, 2018: Development
Emily P Dawson, Denise G Lanza, Nicholas J Webster, Susan M Benton, Isao Suetake, Jason D Heaney
Testicular teratomas result from anomalies in embryonic germ cell development. In 129 inbred mice, teratoma initiation coincides with germ cell sex-specific differentiation and the mitotic-meiotic switch: XX and XY germ cells repress pluripotency, XX germ cells initiate meiosis, and XY germ cells activate male-specific differentiation and mitotic arrest. Here, we report that expression of Nanos2 , a gene that is crucial to male sex specification, is delayed in teratoma-susceptible germ cells. Decreased expression of Nanos2 was found to be due, in part, to the Nanos2 allele present in 129 mice...
March 15, 2018: Development
Jerome P Richie
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May 2017: Journal of Urology
Zhen Yuan, Dongyan Cao, Jiaxin Yang, Shen Keng, Huifang Huang
OBJECTIVE: Vaginal yolk sac tumors (YSTs) are rare malignant germ cell tumors largely affecting children younger than 3 years. Because of their low incidence, there is no consensus regarding diagnosis and treatment. In this article, we describe the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of 16 patients with vaginal YSTs diagnosed and managed at our center. METHODS: Diagnoses of YST of the vagina were confirmed by 2 experienced pathologists. All patients were treated with bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin (PEB) combination chemotherapy alone...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Jad Chahoud, Miao Zhang, Amishi Shah, Sue-Hwa Lin, Louis L Pisters, Shi-Ming Tu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the present review, we summarize the recent developments in the management of germ cell tumors (GCTs). RECENT FINDINGS: Treatment-related acute and late-onset toxicity remains a key challenge in the management of GCTs, with recent evidence showing that the adverse health outcomes of etoposide and cisplatin for four cycles in comparison to bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin for three cycles appear to be similar. Recent data showed that multidisciplinary clinic approach and management in experienced academic centers were associated with improved overall survival in GCT patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Elena Maryamchik, Kirill A Lyapichev, Bradford Halliday, Andrew E Rosenberg
We report a first case of paraneoplastic human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) production in a dedifferentiated liposarcoma with rhabdosarcomatous differentiation in an 83-year-old man with a retroperitoneal mass, unilateral scrotal enlargement, and a serum HCG level of 843 IU/L. Core biopsy of the retroperitoneal mass revealed rhabdomyosarcoma. Orchiectomy revealed a paratesticular dedifferentiated liposarcoma with rhabdosarcomatous differentiation. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis performed on both the retroperitoneal and paratesticular masses revealed amplification of MDM2...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Sumeya A Kheiri, Abdelillah Kunna, Ali Yousif Babiker, Sultan A Alsuhaibani, Rami Yousif Ahmed, Mohamed Alkhatim Alsammani
INTRODUCTION: Ovarian cancer is the cause of a high case-fatality ratio, and most of the cases are diagnosed in late stages. OBJECTIVES: To determine the histopathological types, age distribution, and ovarian tumour stages among diagnosed with ovarian cancer at Al - Amal Tower a multi-referral polyclinic of Radiology & Isotope Center Khartoum (RICK), Sudan. METHODS: All histopathology reports patients' case from January to June 2015 were reviewed...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Pia Paffenholz, Linn Held, Sven H Loosen, David Pfister, Axel Heidenreich
PURPOSE: Small benign testicular masses are often misinterpreted as germ cell tumors, and immediate inguinal orchiectomy is performed. We aimed to analyse the diagnostic and therapeutic work-up of testicular masses in order to improve preoperative stratification algorithms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-center analysis of 522 patients diagnosed with primary testicular masses of unknown malignant potential. RESULTS: 28 (5%) patients showed a primary benign tumor after resection: 9 (32%) Leydig cell tumors, 9 (32%) epidermoid cysts, 8 (29%) adenomatoid tumors and 2 (7%) Sertoli cell tumors...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Urology
Weijun Liang, Liuying Song, Zheng Peng, Yan Zou, Shengming Dai
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have investigated the association between androgenic alopecia (AGA) and cancer risk, but they have yielded inconsistent results. Therefore, this study was conducted to explore this controversial subject. METHODS: A literature database search was performed according to predefined criteria. An odds ratio (OR) or a hazard ratio (HR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) was retained to evaluate the relationship between the incidence of cancer or cancer-specific mortality and categories of AGA...
March 12, 2018: BMC Cancer
J P Zhang, Q H Guo, Y M Mu, Z H Lyu, W J Gu, G Q Yang, J Du, J M Ba, J M Lu
Objective: To evaluate the clinical characteristics and etiologies of central diabetes insipidus (CDI). Methods: The clinical data of 230 patients with CDI in the Department of Endocrinology of Chinese PLA General Hospital from 2008 June to 2014 December were collected and analyzed retrospectively. Results: The three most common causes of CDI were idiopathic CDI, lymphocytic hypophysitis and intracranial germ cell tumors. Among all the CDI, the idiopathic CDI accounted for 37.48%. There were significant differences in age onset and gender distribution among the different causes of CDI...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Ameer Hamza, Eleftherios Vouyoukas, Ian Jacob Anderson, Martha Jaye Higgins
Teratomas are one of the most frequent tumors in the pediatric population. They occur anywhere along the midline of the body, following the course of the embryonic germ cell ridge. In the mediastinal location, they exert space occupying effects, leading to a myriad of complications, including non-immune hydrops fetalis. We describe a fatal case of an immature thymic teratoma in a neonate presenting with hydrops fetalis. This case emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and surgical intervention in such cases...
January 2018: Autopsy & Case Reports
Joshua L Pierce, A Lindsay Frazier, James F Amatruda
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) arising in infants, children, and adolescents present a set of special challenges. GCTs make up about 3% of malignancies in children aged 0-18 and nearly 15% of cancers in adolescents. Epidemiologic and molecular evidence suggests that GCTs in young children likely represent a distinct biologic group as compared to GCTs of older adolescents and adults. Despite this difference, pediatric GCTs are typically treated with cisplatin-based multiagent regimens similar to those used in adults...
2018: Advances in Urology
Axel John, André Baumgart, Thomas Worst, Julia Heinzelbecker
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to calculate direct medical costs (DMC) during the first year of diagnosis and to evaluate the impact of guideline changes on treatment costs in clinical stage (CS) I testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT) patients in a German healthcare system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthcare expenditures as DMC during the first year of diagnosis for 307 TGCT patients in CS I treated at our institution from 1987 to 2013 were calculated from the statutory health insurance perspective using patient level data...
March 7, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Fouzia Siraj, Shruti Sharma, Chandra Bhushan Rai, Pawan Vasudeva
A 27-year-old male presented with a gradually increasing left scrotal mass. There was no significant past medical history. Ultrasonography of the left scrotum showed a hypoechoic, intratesticular mass with solid and cystic components. Laboratory investigations revealed normal serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein, beta human chorionic gonadotropin and lactate dehydrogenase. He underwent left high inguinal orchidectomy due to suspicion of testicular malignancy. After histopathologic examination and immunostaining, a diagnosis of high-grade primary testicular leimyosarcoma was ascertained...
March 2018: Turkish Journal of Urology
Katherine A McGlynn, Jessica L Petrick, Michael Gamborg, Julie Aarestrup, Jennifer L Baker
Increased adult stature has been associated with risk of testicular germ call tumors (TGCT) in a number of studies. Whether childhood stature is also associated with TGCT is unclear as no studies of measured childhood height and TGCT have been reported. Thus, associations between TGCT in adulthood and childhood height and growth between ages 7 and 13 years were examined in a cohort from the Copenhagen School Health Records Register. Analyses included 162,607 boys born during the years 1930-1989. Development of TGCT was determined via linkage to the Danish Cancer Registry...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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