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Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of right supraclavicular lymph nodes from primary ovarian cancer: a rare presentation


Baharudin, Azmaniza and Abdul Hamid, Habibah and Ngan, Kah Wai and Abdul Rahim, Ruwaida and Yahaya, Zainab (2019) Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of right supraclavicular lymph nodes from primary ovarian cancer: a rare presentation. Journal of Gynecologic Surgery, 35 (3). pp. 190-193. ISSN 1042-4067


Background: Lymph-node metastases to the right supraclavicular lymph nodes (RSCLNs) in ovarian malignancies are very rare occurrences. The majority of RSCLN metastases normally originate from primary neck, lung, and esophagus malignancies. A literature review revealed that only 2 cases of ovarian metastases to the RSCLNs have been reported. Case: A 28-year-old, single nulliparous woman presented to a local tertiary hospital with a 2-month history of progressive abdominal distension. This was associated with a loss of appetite and a marked weight loss. She had no significant medical illnesses or family history of malignancies. Examination revealed a nontender palpable lymph node in the right supraclavicular region, measuring 4 × 3 cm. No other lymph nodes were palpable at the left supraclavicular or cervical areas. There was also gross ascites. Other examination results were unremarkable. A computed tomography (CT) scan showed an RSCLN mass and complex solid-cystic masses arising from the pelvis. Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of the RSCLN was performed, revealing a metastatic adenocarcinoma with features compatible with serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary. Results: This patient was treated successfully with neoadjuvant chemotherapy that was followed by a total abdominal hysterectomy, and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, omentectomy, and appendectomy. She was alive with no recurrences at a 1-year regular follow-up. Conclusions: The rarity of RSCLN metastases in ovarian cancer might incline clinicians to neglect the presence of RSCLN enlargement during examinations. Thus, clinicians should examine both left and right SCLNs thoroughly in women suspected of having gynecologic malignancies.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1089/gyn.2018.0088
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Keywords: Case study; Fine-needle aspiration biopsy; Metastasis; Ovarian cancer; Right supraclavicular lymph node
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 22:46
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 22:46
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