We present a case of a 19-year-old man with right shoulder pain lasting for several months. Abdominal imaging revealed a right adrenal mass directly invading vascular structures into the right atrium. Widespread metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma was confirmed on biopsy. He opted for palliative mitotane treatment with home hospice care. This case emphasises the importance of considering abdominal masses in the differential diagnosis of persistent right shoulder pain after common causes have been ruled out. Early diagnosis could be potentially life-saving.
- endocrine cancer
- general practice / family medicine
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Contributors AB took care of the patient, assisted with details regarding the case, helped to write and reviewed the manuscript. JNK helped to interpret the data, assisted with figures, helped to write and reviewed the final manuscript. NSR helped to interpret the date, assisted with figures, helped to write and reviewed and edited the final manuscript.
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