An Endodermal Sinus Tumor Diagnosed in Pregnancy: Case Report and Review of the Literature Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: The use of chemotherapeutic drugs in pregnancy is a rare occurrence. Experience and results need to be shared. METHOD: At 23 weeks gestational age, a patient was diagnosed with an endodermal sinus tumor of the ovary. She received one course of postoperative bleomycin, cisplatin, and etoposide. One week later, the patient was investigated for increasing abdominal pain and the fetus was noted to have ventriculomegaly. RESULTS: The baby was delivered, and the patient was surgically staged and completed chemotherapy. Although the patient is alive and well 16 months after delivery, the infant has developed significant ventriculomegaly with cerebral atrophy. CONCLUSION: The etiology of this infant's significant cerebral atrophy is not clear. Tumor-specific, perioperative, or drug-related events must be considered.

publication date

  • January 1999