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Arch Hellen Med, 38(6), November-December 2021, 798-801


Radiotherapy for paravertebral ganglioneuroma

Y.B. Cihan,1 T.T. Tokmak2
1Department of Radiation Oncology, Kayseri City Education and Research Hospital, Kayseri
2Department of Radiology, Kayseri City Education and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey

Ganglioneuroma is a tumor of sympathetic ganglion origin, located in the paravertebral area, consisting of mature ganglion cells, and it is homogeneously encapsulated. It is generally seen in children and young adults. Its treatment is complete surgical resection. Due to the benign nature of the tumor, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy and local radiotherapy have a limited role in its treatment. The case is reported here of a 46-year-old male in whom a mass located in the thoracic region was detected on computed tomography (CT) performed for back pain. Ganglioneuroma was diagnosed, and the patient underwent subtotal resection of the tumor, followed by 30 Gy (3 Gy fraction/day) radiotherapy, because of incomplete resection. There has been no progression in the 4-year follow-up of the patient. The clinical features, site of the mass, treatment approaches, and the importance and effectiveness of radiotherapy in a patient with ganglioneuroma located in the thoracic region are discussed.

Key words: Ganglioneuroma, Radiotherapy, Thoracic vertebra.

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