A case of soft-tissue tumor over the sternum: A rare case report

J Cancer Res Ther. 2022 Dec;18(Supplement):S481-S485. doi: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_649_20.


The objective is to report a rare case of extragonadal seminoma over the manubrium sterni on the chest wall. A 42-year-old male patient, a chronic alcoholic for 10 years presented with a firm mass of approximate size 10 cm × 12 cm overlying the manubrium part of the sternum. A clinical diagnosis of soft-tissue tumor was made. All relevant preoperative workup was done. Fine-needle aspiration cytology of the mass was suggestive of serous cystic lesion with chronic inflammation. Wide local excision of the mass and primary closure of the wound was done, followed by histopathological examination. Unanticipatedly, on histology, the mass turned out to be extragonadal seminoma. Postoperative wound healing was satisfactory. Subsequently, the patient underwent adjuvant chemotherapy. Primary extragonadal seminoma itself is a rare tumor that affects mainly young people with mediastinum as the most commonly involved site and has higher chances of metastasis. This case of extragonadal seminoma (extragonadal germ cell tumour) over manubrium sterni without any mediastinal involvement in a patient in early forties presenting as soft-tissue tumor, itself is a rarer entity and perhaps one of the kinds. Hence, the case needs to be reported and further progression and prevention have to be discussed.

Keywords: Extragonadal tumor; seminoma; sternum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal* / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal* / surgery
  • Seminoma* / diagnosis
  • Seminoma* / pathology
  • Seminoma* / surgery
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms*
  • Testicular Neoplasms* / diagnosis