Benign pelvic retroperitoneal paraganglioma: A very rare localization: Case report

Tülek F., ŞÜKÜR Y. E., Taşçi T., ÖZMEN B., Güngör M., Ekinci C.

Turkiye Klinikleri Jinekoloji Obstetrik, vol.21, no.2, pp.121-123, 2011 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: Turkiye Klinikleri Jinekoloji Obstetrik
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-123
  • Keywords: Abscess, Extra-adrenal paraganglioma, Pelvic neoplasms, Retroperitoneal space
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Paragangliomas are rare neoplasms originating from the paraganglial tissues composed of extra-adrenal chromaffin cells and 10% are localized to the retroperitoneal area. These tumors may be functional or non-functional due to the catecholamine secretion. Approximately 1/3 of retroperitoneal paragangliomas are malignant. The primary treatment of these tumors is complete surgical resection. Although there are risks of metastasis and recurrence for malignant paragangliomas; the metastasis, malignant transformation and recurrence potentials for benign paragangliomas are not known yet. Therefore, benign paragangliomas should be followed-up for long time as malignant paragangliomas. Herein, we present a 75 year-old patient with a benign, abscessed retroperitoneal paraganglioma in the retroperitoneal area of vesicouterine space mimicking adnexal mass. Copyright © 2011 by Türkiye Klinikleri.