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Solitary metastatic clear cell carcinoma to the spleen

Author(s): Mohamed A. Zayed | Jon Kosek | Sherry M. Wren

Journal: Rare Tumors
ISSN 2036-3603

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: e43;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: metastatic | clear cell carcinoma | spleen

A 57-year-old with a 9-year history of increased abdominal girth, presented with increased abdominal pain, anemia, and acute renal failure. His past medical history was only remarkable for a previous lung cancer 21 years ago that was treated with a right upper lung lobectomy. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the patient’s abdomen showed a solitary 20 x 20 x 25 cm cystic splenic mass. The patient underwent an urgent splenectomy. Intraoperatively a large splenic cystic cavity was found with a solid inferior splenic mass. An exhaustive histological analysis of the splenic mass confirmed a clear cell carcinoma with low malignant potential that likely represented a metastatic lesion from the patient’s previous distant lung cancer. Postoperatively the patient recovered well and at 1-year followup the patient demonstrated no further evidence of metastatic disease. This case is extremely unique and provides a very rare example of a metastatic solitary clear cell carcinoma to the spleen, with a presumed latency period of more than 20 years.
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