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Incidentally discovered pelvic paraganglioma: A case report

Vittorio Imperatore, Massimiliano Creta, Sergio Di Meo, Roberto Buonopane, Lorenzo Spirito, Ferdinando Fusco, Nicola Longo, Nicola Rosario Forte, Vincenzo Mirone
  • Vittorio Imperatore
    Operative Unit of Urology, Buon Consiglio Hospital - Fatebenefratelli, Naples, Italy | v.imperatore@alice.it
  • Massimiliano Creta
    Operative Unit of Urology, Buon Consiglio Hospital - Fatebenefratelli, Naples, Italy
  • Sergio Di Meo
    Operative Unit of Urology, Buon Consiglio Hospital - Fatebenefratelli, Naples, Italy
  • Roberto Buonopane
    Operative Unit of Urology, Buon Consiglio Hospital - Fatebenefratelli, Naples, Italy
  • Lorenzo Spirito
    Urological Clinic, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • Ferdinando Fusco
    Urological Clinic, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • Nicola Longo
    Urological Clinic, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • Nicola Rosario Forte
    Operative Unit of Pathological Anatomy, Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Benevento, Italy
  • Vincenzo Mirone
    Urological Clinic, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy

Abstract

Paragangliomas (PGL) are rare neuroendocrine tumors of the autonomic nervous system originating from paraganglia. Although PGL may arise at any site where physiologic paraganglionic tissue exists, the localization in the small pelvis is extremely rare. PGL may be hormonally active and release surplus catecholamines into the blood or inactive. The asymptomatic cases pose a diagnostic dilemma. We describe the case of an asymptomatic PGL arising in the small pelvis sidewall presenting as an incidentally discovered asymptomatic mass in a male subject.

Keywords

Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Paraganglioma

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