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Management of undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver in pregnancy.
Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Feb; 109(2 Pt2):558-60.OG

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm with a poor prognosis. Most cases occur in children, with few cases reported in adults. Our patient was a woman whose pregnancy was complicated by the recurrence of metastatic undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver.

CASE

In the medical literature only two other women have been described with metastatic undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver in pregnancy. This is the first reported case of undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver recurring in and requiring treatment during pregnancy. Radio frequency ablation was used to try to control sites of hepatic disease recurrence during the pregnancy. The patient gave birth to a healthy son before requiring further palliative chemotherapy.

CONCLUSION

This case highlights the fact that cancer not infrequently complicates pregnancy and can require treatment, in this case with radio frequency ablation. The case also illustrates a range of complex issues that arise when a patient with cancer has a pregnancy: the doctor's recommendations, the patient's right to choose, the well-being of the infant, and the unpredictable behavior of cancer.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Royal Women's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia. fergusmccarthy@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17267894

Citation

McCarthy, Fergus P., et al. "Management of Undifferentiated Embryonal Sarcoma of the Liver in Pregnancy." Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 109, no. 2 Pt2, 2007, pp. 558-60.
McCarthy FP, Harris M, Kornman L. Management of undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2007;109(2 Pt2):558-60.
McCarthy, F. P., Harris, M., & Kornman, L. (2007). Management of undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver in pregnancy. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 109(2 Pt2), 558-60.
McCarthy FP, Harris M, Kornman L. Management of Undifferentiated Embryonal Sarcoma of the Liver in Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2007;109(2 Pt2):558-60. PubMed PMID: 17267894.
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