Retroperitoneal hematoma following radical orchiectomy: Two cases


  • Rachel Glicksman University of Toronto
  • Robert J. Hamilton
  • Peter Chung



Treatment of testicular cancer is dependent on the stage of disease at presentation. Stage 1 testicular cancer is treated with radical orchiectomy, followed by active surveillance, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy. Occasionally, unusual and unexpected postoperative changes can be seen on computed tomography (CT), and may raise concern for metastatic disease.

Here, we present two cases of testicular cancer patients who developed retroperitoneal hematomas post-radical orchiectomy, one as a classical clinical presentation, and the other as an atypical
radiological entity only. The first is a case of a 38-year-old male with a non-seminoma testicular cancer, who developed severe flank pain, hemodynamic instability, and progressive anemia from a retroperitoneal hematoma in the immediate (<24 hours) postoperative period, requiring urgent surgical evacuation. The second is a case of a 33-year-old male with a testicular seminoma who had a large, suspicious retroperitoneal mass on a staging CT scan concerning for metastatic disease, which was later diagnosed as
a retroperitoneal hematoma. These cases reveal the clinical variability with which a retroperitoneal hematoma post-radical orchiectomy may present. In addition, the second case demonstrates the importance of recognizing radiological postoperative changes and ensuring that these findings are not mistaken for and treated as metastatic disease.


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Author Biography

Rachel Glicksman, University of Toronto

Medical Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto




How to Cite

Glicksman, R., Hamilton, R. J., & Chung, P. (2017). Retroperitoneal hematoma following radical orchiectomy: Two cases. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 11(1-2), E35–7.



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