Medline: 8583615

Journal of Urology 155(3): 952-954, 1996.

Delayed orchiectomy after chemotherapy for metastatic nonseminomatous germ cell tumors.

Leibovitch I, Little JS, Foster RS, et al.


We reviewed current experience at our university with delayed orchiectomy after chemotherapy in patients with metastatic nonseminomatous germ cell tumors.

Materials and Methods:
We retrospectively analyzed the records of 160 patients with metastatic germ cell cancer who were given systemic chemotherapy, and subsequently underwent orchiectomy and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

Analysis of 160 testicular specimens revealed necrosis or scar in 70 (43.7%), pure teratoma in 50 (31.2%) and persistent germ cell cancer in 40 (25%). Corresponding incidences of histopathological findings in the post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection specimens were significantly different, correlating with less than half of the cases (chi-square, p = 0.002).

Our study confirms the need for delayed orchiectomy after systemic chemotherapy even when there seems to be a partial or complete clinical response at other sites.

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