Metastatic germ cell testicular tumor of the eye and brain: case report

Kiymaz N., Cirak B., Yilmaz N.

ACTA NEUROLOGICA BELGICA, vol.105, no.3, pp.178-179, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 105 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ejrex.2005.02.002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.178-179
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: No


The aim of this report is to contribute to the clinical understanding of this rare combined pathology. Intraocular metastatic tumors are rarely encountered pathologies. Mostly encountered primary sites are breast, prostate, kidney, lung and skin. Testis as a primary site for orbital metastases is rather rare. Metastasis to orbit usually occurs to periorbital structures, but to vitreus is relatively rare. Here we describe a case of intraocular metastatic tumor to the vitreus originating from testicular embryonal cell carcinoma. Patient with intraocular tumor had also intracranial metastasis. He was operated on for intracranial lesion, after an uneventfull postoperative period he was discharged. 2 months later when he died, postmortem examination of the intraocular lesion reported as metastatic embryonal cell carcinoma. As a conclusion testicular embryonal cell carcinoma, eventhough rare, must be considered to metastasize to the eye.