Germ Cell Tumor Located in Gastrointestinal System: A Report of Two Cases

Mehmet Kucukoner, Ali Inal, Mehmet Ali Kaplan, Zuhat Urakci, Ugur Firat, Feyzullah Ucmak, Abdurrahman Isikdogan, Guven Tekbas


Germ cell tumors (GCTs) occur generally in the testes or ovaries. Extra-gonadal location of GCTs is very rare. Extra-gonadal GCTs usually arise from midline structures, the commonest sites being the retroperitoneal and mediastinum. Gastrointestinal germ cell tumors are very uncommon. The etiology, prognosis and clinical course of gastrointestinal GCTs are not well understood yet. Weherein present two GCTs cases who referred with gastrointestinal bleeding and obstruction these tumors originated from retroperitoneal site. In the light of the literature, the clinical and pathological findings of the cases are presented. Prominent features of our cases were being located in the gastrointestinal system, being at young ages, presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding and good outcome.



Germ cell tumor; Gastrointestinal involvement; Diagnosis

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