CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2009; 30(01): 24-27
DOI: 10.4103/0971-5851.56332

Adrenocortical carcinoma with skeletal metastases in a postmenopausal woman

Shila Mitra
Department of Radiotherapy, Medical College Hospital, 88, College Street, Kolkata - 700 073, India
Suparna Ghosh Roy
Department of Radiotherapy, Medical College Hospital, 88, College Street, Kolkata - 700 073, India
Prabir Kumar Sur
Department of Radiotherapy, Medical College Hospital, 88, College Street, Kolkata - 700 073, India
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Adrenocortical cancer is a very rare tumor with a poor prognosis. About half of them are hormone-secreting tumors. In most cases, hormonal investigations reveal an excess secretion of steroids, mostly cortisol and androgens. A 54-year-old lady presented with history of pain in left shoulder and leg for 6 months and features of virilization. CT-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology of an abdominal mass revealed the presence of a carcinoma of the left adrenal cortex. A whole-body radionuclide bone scan revealed increased uptake in the left clavicle and left femur. The patient has received palliative radiotherapy for the skeletal lesions and 3 cycles of palliative chemotherapy at present.

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19 November 2021

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