The management of primitive retroperitoneal tumors--problems of clinical, imaging diagnosis, and treatment.

Abstract

Retroperitoneal tumors, whether primary or resulting from the metastasis of other tumors, are a real challenge for the surgeon, in terms of their diagnosis and treatment. They are relatively rare, under 0.2% of the total number of tumors. The clinical examination of retroperitoneal tumors is uncharacteristic and misleading, consisting mainly in palpation of the tumor proper and in assessment of pain. The other signs and symptoms often result from the affected neighboring organs. The imaging investigations used in diagnosing retroperitoneal tumors are ecography, intravenous pyelography, computed tomography, MRI, PET/CT. The main treatment is surgical, consisting either in total or partial excision of the tumor, or in biopsy samples to make a histopathologic diagnosis. Post-operative course depends mainly on the thoroughness of the surgical treatment, that is the complete excision of the tumor, which increases the chances of survival, while lowering the risk of relapse.

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@article{Ovidiu2008TheMO, title={The management of primitive retroperitoneal tumors--problems of clinical, imaging diagnosis, and treatment.}, author={Bratu Ovidiu and Madan Victor and Rusu Florin and Ilie Cristian and Mischianu Dan and Barla Rodica and Hoara Petre and Constantinoiu Silviu}, journal={Journal of medicine and life}, year={2008}, volume={1 3}, pages={334-42} }