Incidental retroperitoneal paraganglioma in patient candidate to radical prostatectomy: Concurrent surgical treatments by robotic approach
Keywords:paraganglioma, robotic surgery, retroperitoneal mass, prostate cancer
AbstractWe report a case of a 75-year-old male with biopsy-proven prostate cancer and candidate for radical prostatectomy. The patient’s medical history includes hypertension and atrial fibrillation in prophylactic treatment; however, he was suffering from recurrent paroxysmal episodes of supraventricular tachycardia. Abdominal magnetic resonance performed for prostate cancer staging detected a non-lymphatic inter-cavo-aortic mass of 42 × 37 × 43 cm. Results of biochemical screening confirmed the clinical diagnosis of symptomatic paraganglioma. The patient was subjected in a single robotic session for concurrent excision of the inter-aortocaval mass and radical prostatectomy with bilateral pelvic lymphnode dissection. During the procedure, there were no anesthesiological or surgical complications. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 5. Six months after surgery, his prostate-specific antigen level was undetectable and the abdominal magnetic resonance imaging was negative for local recurrence or metastasis of paraganglioma. No more episodes of tachycardia were reported or antihypertensive therapy was necessary.
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