alexa Small Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Urinary Tract: A Case
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Case Report

Small Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Urinary Tract: A Case Report and Review of Existing Cases

Aristeidis Alevizopoulos, Huay Shan Yuen*, Soumadri Sen and Rowan Casey

Urology Department, Colchester General Hospital, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Huay Shan Yuen
Urology Department
Colchester General Hospital, UK
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 15, 2016; Accepted date: June 17, 2016; Published date: June 23, 2016

Citation: Alevizopoulos A, Yuen HS, Soumadri S, Casey R (2016) Small Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Urinary Tract: A Case Report and Review of Existing Cases. J Clin Case Rep 6: 811. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000811

Copyright: © 2016 Alevizopoulos A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Primary extra-pulmonary small cell carcinomas (SCC) are rare, with <40 cases reported in the current literature. Only 1% of all primary upper urinary tract tumors are SCCs. We present a new case of a primary SCC of the right upper urinary tract. A 78-year-old male patient presented with frank hematuria and a lump in the left posterior triangle of his neck. CT imaging revealed a right renal pelvic mass associated with suspected liver metastases, cervical and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy. Rigid ureteroscopy demonstrated a tumor involving the right ureter. Immunohistochemical analysis of neck and ureteric biopsies revealed high proliferative activity and positive CD56 and TTF1 markers, in keeping with a diagnosis of small cell carcinoma. The patient was offered systemic chemotherapy, which he declined. He developed further skeletal metastases and underwent treatment with radiotherapy and dexamethasone. He succumbed to his illness 13 months after initial presentation. >40% of SCCs of the urinary tract are metastatic on presentation. In these cases, surgical options are limited and prognosis is poor. The literature suggests that neoadjuvant chemotherapy in organ-confined disease improves clinical outcome. However due to rarity of cases, there is limited evidence to guide management of metastatic SCC.


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