Giant adrenocortical carcinoma simulating a liver tumor

Giant adrenocortical carcinoma simulating a liver tumor

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Mohamed Ali
Charles Nicolle Hospital, Department B of Surgery, Tunis, Tunisia


Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare malignant tumor which can reach large sizes if it is nonfunctioning. In that situation, it can pose diagnosis dilemmas regarding the origin and the nature of the tumor. We reported a case of non-secreting and large right Adrenocortical carcinoma which arose in the posterior costophrenic angle mimicking a liver tumor. A 45-year-old man presented with a voluminous abdominal mass in the right upper quadrant. The different imaging modalities including ultrasound computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were discordant as regards the hepatic or the adrenal origin of the tumor. Percutaneous biopsy allowed to determine the diagnosis of the cortico-adrenal tumor. The patient underwent laparotomy. The tumor which arose from the right adrenal gland was resected. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of adrenocortical carcinoma with histological factors of poor prognosis. The patient was given Mitotane as adjuvant therapy. After six years of follow-up, a tumor recurrence has been diagnosed.

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Publication history
Received: Wed 16, Jan 2019
Accepted: Mon 11, Mar 2019
Published: Fri 28, Jun 2019
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DOI: 10.31487/j.ACO.2019.01.02