Adrenal cortical carcinoma with tumor thrombus invasion of inferior vena cava
Wei, C.Y.; Chen, K.K.; Chen, M.T.; Lai, H.T.; Chang, L.S.
Urology 45(6): 1052-1054
ISSN/ISBN: 0090-4295 PMID: 7771009 DOI: 10.1016/s0090-4295(99)80131-9
A case of adrenal cortical carcinoma with inferior vena cava (IVC) involvement is presented. Ultrasonography, computed tomography, and venacavography all presumptively showed a large mass over the upper pole of the left kidney with tumor thrombus in the IVC. However, aortography demonstrated that this mass was receiving its blood supply from the left inferior phrenic artery, aorta, and left renal artery. Radical surgery, including resection of the tumor and its adjacent organs (kidney, distal pancreas, spleen) and the tumor thrombus in the IVC, with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass, was performed. We emphasize that adrenal cortical carcinoma can have tumor thrombi invading the IVC, and in such cases we suggest radical surgical removal of the tumor and the thrombus.