Metachronous metastatic paraganglioma in jejunum as a rare entity: A case report

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Bektasoglu H. K., CIPE G., YARDIMCI E., Arici D. S., HASBAHCECI M., KARATEPE O., ...More

ONCOLOGY LETTERS, vol.9, no.3, pp.1278-1280, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3892/ol.2015.2860
  • Journal Name: ONCOLOGY LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1278-1280
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas are neuroendocrine tumors that arise from chromaffin cells of adrenal medulla and extra-adrenal paraganglia, respectively. The recurrence of these neuroendocrine tumors as a jejunal mass causing obstruction in the small intestine is an exceptional entity. The present study reports the case of a,70-year-old male who presented to the Emergency Department of Bezmialem Vakif University Hospital with abdominal pain and vomiting. The patient possessed a history of left nephrectomy due to malignant pheochromocytoma that had invaded into the left kidney eight months prior to presentation. Bowel obstruction was diagnosed and the patient underwent a laparoscopic procedure. Partial resection of the jejunum was performed and immunohistochemical studies revealed the lesion to be malignant paraganglioma. The majority of paragangliomas are chemo- and radioresistant. Surgical excision remains the primary treatment. Metachronous paraganglioma arising from the small intestine is an extremely rare entity and may be a relevant consideration in patients presenting with bowel obstruction.