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A colliding maxillary sinus cancer of adenosquamous carcinoma and small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma - a case report with EGFR copy number analysis

Shiang-Fu Huang1*, Wen-Yu Chuang2, Sou-De Cheng3, Li-Jen Hsin1, Li-Yu Lee2 and Huang-Kai Kao4

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Otolaryngology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taiwan

2 Department of Pathology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taiwan

3 Department of Anatomy, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

4 Department of Plastic Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taiwan

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2010, 8:92  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-8-92

Published: 20 October 2010

Abstract

Background

Small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SNEC) of maxillary sinus is a rare and aggressive malignancy. A tumor with squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and SNEC co-existence is extremely rare.

Case presentation

We present a colliding tumor of squamous cell, adenocarcinoma and SNEC in maxillary sinus. The clinical features, diagnosis and EGFR flourescence in situ hybridization (FISH) study are presented. A 52-year-old female had a 1-month history of progressing left cheek swelling and purulent rhinorrhea. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a tumor involving left maxilla and orbital floor. Excision of tumor was done and the defect was reconstructed with free flap. The pathology revealed a malignant tumor composed of squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and SNEC components. EGFR FISH study showed no gene amplification in 3 components of this tumor. The tumor progressed rapidly and the patient expired at 8 months after surgery.

Conclusion

A colliding tumor of squamous cell, adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine carcinoma in maxillary sinus was aggressive in behavior and the treatment response was poor due to the complexity of tumor.