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Open Access Case report

Choroidal metastases in testicular choriocarcinoma, successful treatment with chemo- and radiotherapy: a case report

Ivo Guber, Leonidas Zografos and Ann Schalenbourg*

Author Affiliations

Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Avenue de France 15, CH-1004 Lausanne, Switzerland

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BMC Urology 2011, 11:24  doi:10.1186/1471-2490-11-24

Published: 7 December 2011

Abstract

Background

Choriocarcinoma is a very rare cause of ocular metastasis. Only 18 male patients have been reported on, 4 of whom survived, but with significant loss of vision.

Case presentation

A 26-year-old Caucasian man, suffering from testicular choriocarcinoma with pulmonary, cerebral, renal, hepatic and osseous metastases, underwent left radical orchiectomy. While being treated with chemotherapy, he presented with loss of vision in the left eye. Ophthalmoscopy revealed bilateral non-pigmented, hemorrhagic choroidal tumours, compatible with secondary lesions. Continued chemotherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy of the skull and spine lead to full remission with excellent vision, after more than 4 years of follow up.

Conclusion

Testicular choriocarcinoma is an exceptional cause of choroidal metastasis, potentially asymptomatic and with specific clinical features. Radiotherapy can complement radical orchiectomy and chemotherapy, to achieve full remission and maintain good vision.