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Life-Threatening Adrenocortical Carcinoma in Pregnancy: Case Report

Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Alicja Assoc. Prof., MD, PhD*; Nowak, Wojciech Prof., MD, PhD†; Matyja, A. Assoc. Prof., MD, PhD†; Kasperlik-Załuska, A. Prof., MD, PhD‡; Kmita, Maria B. MD, PhD§; Gil, Justyna MD*; Opalińska, Marta MD, PhD*

doi: 10.1097/TEN.0b013e3181e94730
Case Report

Adrenal cortical carcinoma is a rare and highly malignant neoplasm associated with poor prognosis. Additionally, in the case of coexisting pregnancy diagnostic difficulties, associated with physiological hormonal changes, occur as well as diagnostic imaging limitations.

We present the case of a 29-year-old pregnant woman with rapidly developing life-threatening symptoms related to hormonally active adrenocortical cancer.

From the *Department and Clinic of Endocrinology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland; †1st Department and Clinic of Surgery, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland; ‡Department of Endocrinology, Medical Center of Postgraduate Education, Warsaw, Poland; and §Department and Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetric, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Reprints: Justyna Gil, MD, Kopernika 17, Cracov, Malopolska 31501, Poland. E-mail:

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