[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a case of sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma with a chromophobe component showing significant elevation of beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-HCG) in the peripheral blood. A 35-year-old man was hospitalized because of a large tumor of the left kidney and elevated serum levels of beta-HCG. Extended nephrectomy was performed, after which the serum beta-HCG level decreased. However, 3 months later, masses were discovered in the left renal bed and in the lung in association with elevated serum levels of beta-HCG. The patient was rehospitalized and received combination therapy with interferon-alpha and doxorubicin-based multiple chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dacarbazine). The recurrent mass responded extremely well to treatment, and beta-HCG normalized. However, the patient died 14 months after nephrectomy because of eventual resistance to chemotherapy. Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma containing beta-HCG positive cells were pathologically diagnosed with immunohistochemical staining in the left kidney. Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma is a variant of renal adenocarcinoma which has a poor prognosis. This patient had an extremely rare sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma associated with serum levels of beta-HCG which were elevated and strongly correlated with morphologic cancer activity. beta-HCG might be a useful serum marker for detecting and monitoring this renal cell carcinoma.
International Journal of Urology 10/2005; 12(9):835-7. · 1.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In 1996, Japanese guidelines for the diagnosis of preclinical adrenal Cushing's syndrome were proposed. However, several patients with preclinical Cushing's syndrome (PCS) didn't clearly show that these diagnostic guidelines were universally applicable. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the validity of these diagnostic guidelines on the basis of our clinical experience.
We performed adrenalectomy for adrenal incidentaloma in 16 patients with suspected PCS at our university hospital from 1990 through 2002. Eight patients met the Japanese criteria for the diagnosis of PCS (PC group) and 8 did not (dexamethasone [DXM] suppression group). Clinical characteristics and pathology profiles were compared between the groups.
No patients in the DXM suppression group showed responses of serum cortisol levels on a 1-mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test. Twenty-four-hour urinary levels of 17-hydroxycorticosteroids were significantly higher in the PC group than in the DXM suppression group. In all patients of both groups, adrenal scintigraphy showed marked accumulation of radioisotope in the adhesive, atrophic adrenal cortex. One patient of the DXM suppression group had severe adrenal symptoms after adrenalectomy. Several patients in the DMX suppression group showed clinical improvement after adrenalectomy, as well as did several patients in the PC group.
Endocrine activity may have been higher in the PC group than in the DXM suppression group. However, because patients who failed a 1-mg DXM suppression test may in fact have autonomous cortisol secretion, adrenalectomy may still be indicated. Autonomous cortisol secretion might not be documented with the 1-mg overnight DXM suppression test; therefore, the results must be interpreted carefully.
Nippon Hinyōkika Gakkai zasshi. The japanese journal of urology 02/2004; 95(1):1-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 46-year-old man refer to us because of hemospermia. The prostatic gland was normal in size and consistency at rectal examination. Serum prostate specific antigen was 7.04 ng/ml. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an area of low signal intensity on T2-weighted images in the left peripheral gland, possibly indicative of carcinoma. Transrectal prostate biopsy was performed after intravenous administration of piperacillin. He developed chills and fever (39 degrees C) the next morning following biopsy. He was taken unconscious into the hospital where a diagnosis of septic shock caused by Escherichia coli was made. Five days later, he died. His general condition deteriorated notwithstanding intensive treatment. Postmortem blood cultures were positive for a piperacillin resistant Escherichia coli. Histological examination of the biopsies showed a benign prostatic hyperplasia. Autopsy showed diffuse tissue damage in the heart, lung, liver and kidneys. The prostate had numerous microabscesses. Currently, transrectal prostate biopsy is considered a generally reliable procedure to detect adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Our case seems to the sixth case report of fatal complications.
Kansenshogaku zasshi. The Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases 11/2002; 76(10):893-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 75-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with an extremely large retroperitoneal tumor that had been detected with ultrasound on a routine health check. She had no complaint except lumbar pain. Computed tomography revealed a heterogenous tumor located outside the right kidney which was enhanced gradually. Doppler ultrasound showed mild vascularity in the tumor. We performed tumorectomy and right nephrectomy because the tumor was adherent to the right kidney. The tumor was 16 x 11 x 7 cm in size and weighed 621 g. The histopathological diagnosis was malignant fibrous histiocytoma. The tumor was considered to have arisen from perirenal tissue.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We conducted ultrastructural analysis of human pheochromocytoma (PC) cells maintained in primary culture for about 10 months. The cells were first isolated by the enzymatic treatment of a surgically resected tissue specimen obtained from a 37-year-old man with PC, a condition which is characterized by elevated blood levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. It was found that noradrenaline production in the medium continued until the 90th day of culture (1330 pg/ml). The production level decreased to 20 pg/ml on the 180th day, and to 18 pg/ml on the 300th day. Examination under a transmission electron microscope (TEM) at 4 weeks of culture revealed electron-dense granules (about 200 nm in size and, presumably, rich in catecholamines), which were also observed in the tumor cells from the original PC tissue. Neurite-like processes grew at around 1 week of culture, and were still maintained at 6 months of culture. But, after 6 months of culture, the neurite-like processes contained a rosary-like elevated structure, which was suggestive of cell degeneration, as determined by a plasma polymerization replica method and observed with a scanning electron microscope. When cells were examined under the TEM, fewer electron-dense granules were observed in the cell bodies, with more numerous lipofuscin-like granules and filaments. Thus, electron-dense granules, which, presumably, contain catecholamines, were seen in a long-term culture of human PC cells. These granules decreased in number in parallel with the decrease in catecholamine levels in the culture.