International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 531

Case Report

Testicular embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma: A case report

Agabus N. Manasseh
  • Agabus N. Manasseh
  • Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 2076 Jos, Plateau State 930001, Nigeria.
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Godwins O. Echejoh
  • Godwins O. Echejoh
  • Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 2076 Jos, Plateau State 930001, Nigeria.
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Olugbenga A. Silas
  • Olugbenga A. Silas
  • Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 2076 Jos, Plateau State 930001, Nigeria.
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Matthew N. Tanko
  • Matthew N. Tanko
  • Department of Pathology, University of Botswana, P. M. B. 0022, Gaborone, Botswana.
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Shola K. Jegede
  • Shola K. Jegede
  • Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 2076 Jos, Plateau State 930001, Nigeria.
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Barnabas M. Mandong
  • Barnabas M. Mandong
  • Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 2076 Jos, Plateau State 930001, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 14 October 2009
  •  Published: 30 November 2009

Abstract

Rhabdomyosarcoma is one of the most frequent soft tissue sarcomas in children. It is found mostly in children, primarily infants, toddlers, and pre-school pupils. However, pure testicular rhabdomyosarcoma is a very rare tumor and few cases have been reported in literature. The tumor usually presents as a painless testicular enlargement with early dissemination via the blood stream and lymphatics. The origin of this tumor is presumed to be from overgrowth of a sarcomatous area of the teratoma. Here, we present a case of testicular rhabdomyosarcoma in a 15-year-old student with a fatal outcome during chemotherapy. This is actually the first case of pure testicular rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosed in this centre after over 10 years.   

Key words: Rhabdomyosarcoma, testicular, orchidectomy, chemotherapy.