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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 801-803
Case report :Case of metastatic choricarcinoma,unusual metastatis

Dept of Radiology, Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 50, India

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Date of Submission22-Jun-2005
Date of Acceptance10-Aug-2006

Keywords: metastatic choricarcinoma, metastasis, spleen $ liver.

How to cite this article:
Nimje K, Deore L, Deshmukh M, Pai B, Ruparel M, Kulkarni M. Case report :Case of metastatic choricarcinoma,unusual metastatis. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2006;16:801-3

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Nimje K, Deore L, Deshmukh M, Pai B, Ruparel M, Kulkarni M. Case report :Case of metastatic choricarcinoma,unusual metastatis. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 Dec 1];16:801-3. Available from:
Metastatic choricarcinoma are rare, highly malignant trophoblastic tumor of placenta.

The majority of metastases affect the lung (75%), vagina (50%), ovaries, brain $ ureter.

Hepatic involvement is not common, affecting only (10%) of patients, occurring late in the course of the disease .

Rare sites include gastrointestinal tract, spleen, and kidney. [1]

We present an incidence of women with a histopathologically proven metastatic choriocarcinoma, with metastasis to the lung, liver, spleen and lymph nodes.

   Case report Top

34 yrs old women presented with h/o preterm delivery 8 month before,

C/o swelling over back 1 month after delivery,

HP-metastatic choriocarcinoma

She started on chemotherapy 1 st dose.

Few days later she started getting hemoptysis, abdominal pain, distension

vomiting and weight loss

Lab Inv. Elevated levels of beta hCG,

Hb: 5.4%

The patient was reffered to us for imaging studies.

USG of the abdomen revealed multiple, large, ill- defined, liver lesions of variable sizes, splenic lesions and ascitis.

CT of the abdomen showed hepatomegaly with multiple large, illdefined heterogeneously enhancing liver lesions. peripheraly enhancing splenic lesions .mild ascitis.

retroperitoneal lymph node enlargement, diffuse nodular lung lesions.

Multiple, heterogeneously enhancing lesions in the liver, spleen and retroperitoneal lymph nodes.

Multiple pleural based nodules with patchy consolidation.

5 days later developed gross ascitis, on USG and about 1500cc of hemorrhagic fluid was evacuated from peritoneum

Hb was continuously decreasing .

She died after 16 days after admission to hospital.

   Discussion Top

Gestational trophoblastic disease, (GTD), a proliferative disease of the trophoblastic cells of placenta .

It has various clinical manifestations, ranging from the relatively benign hydatidiform mole to the more malignant invasive mole to metastatic choriocarcinoma.

The beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta-hCG) serves as a useful marker of disease aggressiveness and progression.[2]

Testicular males occur in 4% of cases [3]

Choriocarcinoma is a rare ,highly malignant trophoblastic tumor (1:13,000 and 1:50,000 pregnancies [4].

Approx.50% occur after a molar pregnancy, 25% after a normal pregnancy, and 24% after spontaneous abortion.

01% after Ectopic pregnancy [1],[5]

Primary placental choriocarcinoma can easily be missed due to their small size.

Highly vascularized tumor and because of the affinity of trophoblasts for blood vessels, shows rapid hematogeneous metastasis

" pregnancy
" genetic
" multiparity
" ectopic pregnancy
" abortion
" hydantiform mole
" advanced maternal age

The majority of metastases affect the lung (75%), vagina (50%), ovaries, brain $ ureter.

Hepatic involvement is not common, affecting only (10%) of patients, and occurring late in the course of the disease. [1].

Rare sites include gastrointestinal tract, spleen, and kidney.

Regression of the primary tumor after it has metastasized is not uncommon, and one-third of cases manifest as complications of metastatic disease [6],[7].

" Tumoral hemorrhage, spontaneous or post-biopsy .
" Hemoperitoneum , intracerebral haemorrhage,malignanant effusion
" Severe anemia

   Imaging Top

The angiographic findings:
" Hypervascularity, arteriovenous shunt, oncocytic or fusiform aneurysm, and thrombosis (in CNS and renal mets).[8],[9],[10]
" liver metastasis are seen as hypervascular mass with aneurysmal dilatation of the peripheral end of the hepatic arteries (grape-like appearance) at the arterial phase, and persistent vascular lakes at the venous phase

   CT imaging Top

" Pulmonary mets: diffuse micronodular shadows resembling miliary disease to multiple large well defined masses (cannon balls).
" Liver/Spleen mets: Multiple, Heterogeneously enhancing hepatic masses of variable sizes. D/D:mets from HCC/ splenic angiosarcoma, multifocal HCC.

MRI imaging
" Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be useful particularly for evaluating the cerebellum and brain stem, which are sites of occult metastases. [11]
" MR may demonstrate infarction, hemorrhage of various ages, dilated blood vessels, and/or aneurysms.

D/D for ICH mets from melanoma ,CA bronchus ,RCC [12],[13]
" The presence of intrauterine or ovarian disease also may be detected by MRI of the pelvis.

   Ultrasonography Top

" For demonstration of hydantiform and invasive mole
" Types of Hydantiform Mole :

Complete Mole (70%) involves the entire placenta, lacks fetus

Partial mole (30%): involves the portion of the placenta, usually associated with fetus.
" USG findings: Hyper echoic uterine mass filled with innumerable tiny cysts(hydropic villi)

Treatment and prognosis [14]:
" Choriocarcinoma is known to be sensitive to chemotherapy (80%cure rate) provided the appropriate therapy is given early in the course of the disease.
" Remission rates of 70% for patients with metastatic disease.
" The key factors for successful outcome is early diagnosis and vigorous therapy.
" Choriocarcinoma may recur ,usually within several months ,possibly as late as 3 years after treatment ends.

   References Top

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K Nimje
Dept of Radiology, Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 50
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.32352

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