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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-12

Synchronous bilateral testicular metastasis in gastric carcinoma: A rare case report

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, Odisha, India
2 Department of Radiotherapy, Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication23-Mar-2018

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Dr. Ajitesh Avinash
Department of Radiotherapy, Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack - 753 007, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/oji.oji_3_18

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Testicular metastasis from a solid malignancy of the distant organ is a rare entity and prostate, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, skin, and kidneys are the common primaries. Gastric carcinoma with testicular metastasis is an extremely rare entity with only few cases reported in the literature. Most of the testicular metastases are unilateral. Synchronous bilateral testicular metastasis is an extremely rare situation in gastric primary. We report a first case of synchronous bilateral testicular metastasis in a treated case of gastric carcinoma in India.

Keywords: Bilateral, gastric carcinoma, testicular metastasis

How to cite this article:
Samanta DR, Senapati SN, Avinash A, Mohanty SN. Synchronous bilateral testicular metastasis in gastric carcinoma: A rare case report. Oncol J India 2018;2:10-2

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Samanta DR, Senapati SN, Avinash A, Mohanty SN. Synchronous bilateral testicular metastasis in gastric carcinoma: A rare case report. Oncol J India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2023 Jun 2];2:10-2. Available from: https://www.ojionline.org/text.asp?2018/2/1/10/228324

  Introduction Top

Testicular metastasis constitutes only 0.9% among all the testicular tumors.[1] With the exception of the infiltration of leukemia and lymphoma to the testes, testicular metastasis from a distant organ is a rare entity accounting for 0.02% to 2.5% of the cases.[2] The most common solid primaries for testicular metastasis are prostate (35%), lung (18%), skin (11%), and kidney (9%).[3] Testicular metastasis with gastric primary is an extremely rare entity with only approximately 15 cases have been reported worldwide, and all the reported cases were having unilateral testicular metastasis.[2] Here, we report a simultaneous bilateral testicular metastasis in a treated case of gastric carcinoma in a 66-year-old male.

  Case Report Top

A 66-year-old male with a known case of gastric adenocarcinoma presented with dragging sensation in bilateral inguinal region and pain in the right testis 24 months after the completion of treatment for the gastric carcinoma.

Initially, the patient had presented with anorexia and epigastric discomfort 53 months ago. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a large infiltrative growth at body [Figure 1]a. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) scan abdomen showed concentric wall thickening of pyloric antrum with wall thickness varying between 12 and 14 mm associated with multiple nodes in subpyloric and hepatogastric ligaments [Figure 1]b. The patient underwent distal radical gastrectomy with Billroth-1 anastomosis. The postoperative gross specimen on microscopic examination revealed the pathological TNM (tumor, node, metastasis) grouping of PT3N2MX stage IIIA. The patient received six cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy with the PCF regimen (Paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 and carboplatin area under the curve 6 on day 1, and 5-fluorouracil 600 mg/m2 on day 1–3 once on every 3 weeks) and completed in September 2015. The patient was on regular follow-up until September 2017.
Figure 1: (a) An infiltrative growth over body of the stomach in the upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and (b) concentric wall thickening of pyloric antrum with multiple nodes in subpyloric and hepatogastric ligaments on contrast-enhanced computed tomography

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After 24 months following completion of the treatment, the patient came with the above-mentioned present complaints. Ultrasonography (USG) of scrotum revealed bilateral enlarged testis with multiple hypoechoic well-defined lesions throughout bilateral testicular parenchyma. USG of the abdomen and pelvis showed bilateral enlarged iliac and inguinal lymph nodes, largest size– 16 mm. CECT scan of the abdomen and pelvis revealed bilateral testicular enlargement with multiple hypodense lesions within parenchyma [Figure 2] and multiple retroperitoneal and inguinal lymphadenopathy. These findings were consistent with testicular tumor. However, the serum markers beta human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) were within normal limits.
Figure 2: Bilateral testicular enlargement on contrast-enhanced computed tomography

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The patient underwent bilateral orchidectomy. Macroscopic examination of the resected specimen revealed left testis measuring 9 cm × 7.5 cm × 6 cm and the right testis measuring 8.5 cm × 8 cm × 6 cm. Cut section of the bilateral testes showed focal firm areas that appeared white nodular. Microscopic examination of the bilateral testis showed features of metastatic adenocarcinoma with intravascular tumor emboli and perineural invasion [Figure 3]. These features suggest a bilateral testicular metastatic adenocarcinoma that is consistent with an origin in the patient's gastric carcinoma.
Figure 3: Microscopic examination of bilateral testis after orchidectomy showing (a) presence of many atrophic seminiferous tubules along with interspersed tumor cells in nest (H and E, ×40), and (b) presence of pleomorphic tumor cells arranged in sheets with individual cells having moderate cytoplasm and round-to-oval nuclei with coarse chromatin, and few mitotic figures (H and E, ×100)

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  Discussion Top

Organ-specific metastasis from a distant primary may result due to variety of mechanisms such as trapping of tumor cells due to different pattern of blood flow from the primary tumor to the first capillary bed followed by tumor cells to aggregates, specific adhesive interactions between tumor cells and the endothelia of certain organs, and generation of tumor cell niches by the microenvironment of a distant organ for metastatic cells to colonize.[4]

The testes are considered as “tumor sanctuary” due to the hypothesis of inability of tumor cells to grow in its environment. The low temperature of the scrotum and blood-testis barrier formed by  Sertoli cells More Details provide unacceptable conditions for the establishment of metastatic tumor cells.[5] Most of the testicular metastases are unilateral at the time of presentation, and synchronous bilateral findings are reported in only few cases with primary malignancy of prostate, kidney, and colorectal.[2],[5],[6],[7] Previously, Nozawa et al. reported a case of bilateral testicular metastasis and Xu and Wang reported a case of bilateral spermatic cords, epididymis, and seminiferous ducts metastases in stomach carcinoma.[8],[9]

Testicular metastasis may occur by the several routes of spread such as direct invasion, retrograde venous embolism, arterial embolization, retrograde lymphatic extension from paraaortic lymph nodes, transperitoneal seeding through a congenital hydrocele, or retrograde extension from the vas deferens.[10] The gastric cancer spreads by direct extension through the gastric wall, through lymphatics, hematogeneous channels, and seeding of peritoneal surface. Pancreas, colon, and liver are common sites for the spreading of gastric cancers. It can spread to ovary in females through lymphatic channels and is known as Krukenberg's tumor. However, its counterpart of spreading to the testes in males is quite rare.[9]

The majority of the cases presented with unilateral testicular swelling with or without pain. Testicular metastases are usually detected 2 months to 9 years after the diagnosis of gastric carcinomas. Few of the cases were misdiagnosed as primary malignancy of the testis before histopathological confirmation due to the similar clinical presentations.[3] The diagnosis is usually based on pathological examination and confirmed by immunohistochemical study. The typically elevated serum markers in the primary testicular malignancies such as AFP and β-HCG are within normal limits in majority of the testicular metastasis.[3] However, both AFP and β-HCG markers may be rarely elevated in gastric carcinomas. On immunohistochemical examination, carcinoembryonic antigen and pankeratin are commonly positive. AFP, β-HCG, CD117, and PLAP are immune nonreactive, which are typically positive in primary testicular malignancies.[10]

Most of the patients with testicular metastases undergo orchidectomy followed by palliative chemotherapy as in the present case.

In existing gastric carcinoma, metastasis should be considered as the differential diagnosis for patients presenting with testicular mass and needs careful evaluation. Although prognosis of the patients with testicular metastasis from gastric carcinoma is poor, they may respond well to chemotherapy.

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  References Top

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Nozawa M, Nishimura K, Hara T, Oka T. A case of bilateral testicular metastases from carcinoma of the stomach. Hinyokika Kiyo 1995;41:137-9.  Back to cited text no. 8
Xu F, Wang Y. Metastatic tumour of spermatic cords, epididymis and seminiferous duct from gastric carcinoma. West Indian Med J 2013;62:859-60.  Back to cited text no. 9
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