2001 Volume 92 Issue 6 Pages 632-635
Neuroblastoma, common in children, rarely develops in adults. We recently treated a patient with adult neuroblastoma. A 34-year-old man complained of a swelling in right inguinal region. CT scan showed swelling of retroperitoneal and inguinal lymphnodes, and bone scintigram by 99mTc-HMDP showed an abnormal uptake in the swollen lymphnodes. Chemotherapy with CDDP (cisplatinum), VP-16 (etoposide), BLM (bleomycin), ADM (adriamycin) was not effective. Histopathological examination of a biopsy speicmen revealed neuroblastoma. Another chemotherapy with CPM (cyclophosphamide), VCR (vincristine), ADM, DTIC (dacarbazine), CDDP, VP-16 was effective in decreasing the tumor size. Further high dose chemotherapy with CPM, ADM, CDDP, VP-16 combined with peripheral blood stem cell transplantation led to almost complete disappearance of the tumor and normalization of blood tumor markers (neuron specific enolase and immunosuppressive acidic protein).
Retroperitoneal lymphnode dissection demonstrated well-differntiated neuroblastoma in the excised tissue. Six months postoperatively, the tumor recurred in the pelvic cavity. Although chemotherapy and radiotherapy were given, he died of the disease 12 months postoperatively.