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Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumour (PNET) in subcutaneous abdominal wall: a case report

Dibendu Betal1*, Behnam Shaygi1, Ramesh Babu1, Kamarul Jamil2 and Richard J Sainsbury1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG, UK

2 Department of Histopathology, St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG, UK

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International Seminars in Surgical Oncology 2009, 6:10  doi:10.1186/1477-7800-6-10

Published: 31 March 2009

Abstract

Primitive neuroectodermal tumour (PNET) is a rare tumour mainly found in children under ten years old. It may be broadly categorised into those occurring from the central or peripheral nervous system of which the majority arise centrally. We report a 61 year-old lady who had previous lobular breast cancer presenting with a rapidly expanding lesion in her anterior right upper abdominal wall. Clinically it appeared to be benign, however, histopathology of the excised lesion revealed a localised PNET. This case is an unusual case of a PNET in an adult that is peripheral in nature arising from subcutaneous tissue in the abdominal wall.