JOHN A. DI FIORE, M.D.
Sympathicoblastoma is a highly malignant tumor arising from sympathetic nerve tissues; relatively rare, it is yet one of the most frequently observed abdominal tumors in children under the age of four years.1 Its occurrence in an adult is indeed a rarity, and it is for this reason that the following case is presented. In addition, the primary site finally disclosed at autopsy proved to be most interesting.
Sympathicoblastomas are known to arise most frequently from the adrenal medulla; however, they may take origin from other sympathetic tissues, such as in the paraganglionic tissue adjacent to the adrenals, in the retroperitoneal
DI FIORE JA. SYMPATHICOBLASTOMA: REPORT OF A CASE IN AN ADULT, WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE PATHOGENESIS OF CEREBRAL METASTASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;45:1229–1234. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-6-1229
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(6):1229-1234.
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