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Chirurgia 2004 February;17(1):35-8

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language: Italian

Giant retroperitoneal not-secreting paraganglioma. Description of a case

Muti M. M., Ballari F., Bruzzone D., Brignole E., Tonelli E., Quidaciolu F.


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Paragangliomas are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms that are joined by their origin from the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Cases of big-sized paraganglioma of retroperitoneal localization reported in literature refer to tumors secreting catecholamins, which are symptomatic or oligosymptomatic and therefore classified as pheochromocytomas. A giant not secreting paraganglioma arising from a kidney ilar region, with anatomopatological characteristic of malignancy is rarely observed. A case of a big-sized retroperitoneal non secreting paraganglioma, accidentally detected by CT scanning in a 68-year-old woman with a traumatic pleural effusion, is reported. The purpose of this paper is to underline the rareness of these lesions.

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