Tumor in undescended intrapelvic testis revealed by supraclavicular lymphadenopathy: A case report and literature review - Abstract

BACKGROUND: Testicular cancer is a rare disease.

The incidence of testicular cancer in undescended testicles is of 3 to 48 times greater than in the general population. In the developed countries, the existence of undescended testicles in the adult population is rare, due to systematic practice of elective orchidopexy before the second year of life and orchiectomy in post adolescent males with undescended testicles. Despite these prevention measures, there are still some isolated cases of intra-abdominal testicular tumors in adults. We report a case of testicular cancer in cryptorchid testis revealed by supraclavicular lymphadenopathy.

CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 46 year old fertile man with a history of unilateral cryptorchidism who presented with a palpable left supraclavicular mass and absence of the right testicle. On investigations an intrapelvic testis tumor was diagnosed. Laparotomy and complete excision was carried out. The possible association between the undescended testis and cancer transformations is briefly discussed.

CONCLUSION: Testicular cancer in undescended testicles should not be ignored. Only early diagnosis and lower of testis in scrotumprevent such clinical forms.

Written by:
Tazi MF, Riyach O, Ahsaini M, Ahallal Y, Khallouk A, El Fassi MJ, Farih MH.   Are you the author?

Reference: BMC Res Notes. 2013 Apr 26;6(1):166.
doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-6-166

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 23622500

UroToday.com Testicular Cancer Section