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Choriocarcinoma

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Choriocarcinoma is a rare ovarian germ cell tumor that can develop during or after pregnancy in the mother or baby. Malignancy arises usually in the placenta, but sometimes in the ovary. Malignant trophoblastic tissue will show no chorionic villi, while the frequency of theca-lutein cysts increases. Hematogenous spread to the lungs is common. The most effective tumor marker is increased hCG level and most cases are preceded by a hydatidiform mole.
7 KEY FACTS
Germ-cell tumor
German-ovaries

Choriocarcinoma is a malignant, trophoblastic cancer, usually arising in the placenta but occasionally in the ovary.

Trophoblastic tissue
Trophy-blast

Malignant trophoblastic tissue, usually of the placenta, will have no chorionic villi present.

Hematogenous spread to lungs
Blood Spreading to Lungs

Choriocarcinoma is characterized through spread to the lungs via the blood.

Malignant
Malignant-man

Choriocarcinoma is one of the more malignant types of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.

Theca-lutein cysts
Thinking of Loot

Theca lutein cysts are seen with increased frequency in choriocarcinoma. They are bilateral, fluid-filled cysts that arise when hCG levels are elevated.

Hydatidiform Mole
Hydro Mole

In most cases, choriocarcinoma is preceded by a hydatidiform mole, in which a non-viable fertilized egg will implant in the uterus.

hCG
Hard-Core-Gnomes

Elevated levels of human chorionic gonadotropin are seen in choriocarcinoma, thus making it an effective tumor marker.

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