A 22-year-old woman presented to her local district hospital with left-sided abdominal pain. She denied any urinary or gastrointestinal symptoms. She had a CT scan of her abdomen which showed a probable 8×5×8 cm left-sided adrenal mass. Functional tests for hormone excess were negative. She was referred to a tertiary referral centre and given the size of the adrenal mass; she consented for laparoscopic left adrenalectomy. During the operation, the mass was grossly adherent to the celiac axis, left renal pedicle and DJ flexure. A small nodule posterior to the renal vein was also identified. The operation was completed laparoscopically and she made an uneventful recovery. The specimen was reported as a poorly differentiated neuroblastoma. She had a postoperative MIBG scan which was negative for residual or metastatic disease. She was commenced on platinum-based chemotherapy with a plan for further radiological follow-up.
- Endocrine System
- Adrenal Disorders
- Surgical Oncology
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Contributors JR: was responsible for the drafting of the manuscript and research on neuroblastoma. CW: provided the literature review concerning neuroblastomas and reviewed the final manuscript. HC: involved in the literature review, drafting the manuscripts and final review of manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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