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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-214
Ovarian granulosa cell tumor metastatic to supraclavicular lymph node after 15 years of diagnosis: A case report

1 Lab Head, SRL Ltd, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Gynecology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
3 Department of Pathology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Date of Web Publication9-Nov-2015

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Puri S, Mohindroo N, Mohindroo S, Sharma S. Ovarian granulosa cell tumor metastatic to supraclavicular lymph node after 15 years of diagnosis: A case report. J Cytol 2015;32:213-4

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Puri S, Mohindroo N, Mohindroo S, Sharma S. Ovarian granulosa cell tumor metastatic to supraclavicular lymph node after 15 years of diagnosis: A case report. J Cytol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2018 Nov 15];32:213-4. Available from:


Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis can originate from the head and neck primarily, and also from infraclavicular sites such as breast, lung, and cervix. [1] Gastric carcinomas characteristically metastasize to the left supraclavicular lymph node, called Virchow's node. Ovarian malignancies are an uncommon primary site for metastasis to the supraclavicular lymph nodes. We present a case of an ovarian granulosa tumor metastasizing to the left supraclavicular lymph node 15 years after initial diagnosis.

A 65-year-old woman presented with left supraclavicular lymphadenopathy for 2 months. Ultrasonography showed a well-defined heterogeneously hypoechoic lymph node in the left supraclavicular region measuring 1.8 × 1 × 1 cm. On examination a firm, mobile, 2 × 1 × 1 cm lymph node in the left supraclavicular fossa was identified. Fine-needle aspiration was performed, which showed cellular smears consisting of isolated cells and loosely cohesive syncytial aggregates of tumor cells. The cells were round to oval, showing mild nuclear pleomorphism, nuclear grooving, fine granular chromatin, inconspicuous to occasional small nucleoli at places, and scant to moderate cytoplasm with indistinct cell borders [Figure 1]a. At places the cells were arranged in a microfollicular pattern and filled with a homogenous eosinophilic globular material [Figure 1]b. On taking detailed history, the patient gave a past history of ovarian tumor 15 years earlier. The histological type was granulosa cell tumor (GCT) stage 1. The tumor was surgically resected. The cytological smears were reviewed again. The cytological characteristics, nuclear grooving, microfollicles filled with eosinophilic material (Call-Exner bodies), and inhibin positivity were consistent with metastasis of GCT of the ovary to the left supraclavicular lymph node. The patient was referred to the gynecology department followed by oncology department, where she was given platinum-based chemotherapy.
Figure 1: (a) The malignant cells show nuclear pleomorphism, nuclear grooving, fi ne granular chromatin, inconspicuous nucleoli, and scant to moderate cytoplasm (Giemsa, ×100) (b) The malignant cells are arranged in microfollicular pattern filled with a homogenous eosinophilic globular material (Call-Exner body) (Giemsa, ×40)

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GCT is a sex cord-stromal tumor (SCST) and constitutes 1% of ovarian tumors. [2] GCT is divided into two subgroups on the basis of clinical presentation and histological features - juvenile and adult subtypes. Juvenile GCT accounts for 5% and adult GCT accounts for 95% of all GCTs. Both subtypes have low malignant potential, with a capacity to extend beyond the ovary and also to recur long after successful removal. Tumor rupture during surgery is associated with peritoneal fluid metastasis; however, no significant difference between survival rates of patients with and without tumor rupture has been documented. [2] Other prognostic factors that affect the 5-year survival rate are tumor stage, tumor mitotic rate, and residual disease. [2] Spread is largely within the pelvis and the lower abdomen. Distant metastasis is rare but has been reported at many extra-abdominal sites. There are reported cases of lung, liver, brain, bone, diaphragm, abdominal wall, and adrenal gland metastases from GCT and other SCSTs. [3],[4],[5] Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis from ovarian tumors is unusual. Literature review has shown various primary ovarian tumors metastasizing to the cervical lymph nodes majority of which are epithelial malignancies. One case of GCT metastasizing to the supraclavicular lymph node was reported by Ismi et al. in 2007. [6]

GCTs are ovarian tumors with a long natural history and low malignant potential. However, recurrence and distant metastasis are known to occur as late as after 30 years of initial diagnosis; thus, patients should be kept on a long-term follow-up protocol even if the primary tumor is occult. [7]

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.168909

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