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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2012

Extragonadal mixed germ cell tumor of the right arm: description of the first case in the literature

World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2012
Hicham Ait Benali, lssam Lalya, Mohamed Allaoui, Aniss Benmansour, Basma Elkhanoussi, Samir Benjelloun, Noureddine Benjaafar, Mourad Elyaacoubi
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

IL and HA performed the literature review, composed the case report and wrote the manuscript. MA and AB were involved with conception and design and collection and assembly of data. BEK and MA analyzed and interpreted the anatomopathology findings. SB, NB and ME approved the final manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Extragonadal localization of germ cell tumors (GCTs) is rare; to the best of our knowledge, a location in the soft tissue of the arm has never been previously reported in the literature.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 37-year-old man who presented with a primary malignant mixed non-seminomatous GCT (teratocarcinoma variety) in the right arm, treated by a combination of cisplatin-based chemotherapy and surgery. After 18 months of close follow-up, no locoregional recurrence or distant metastases have been detected.


A combination of chemotherapy and surgery is the most appropriate treatment strategy for extragonadal GCTs, to ensure both local and systemic control.
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