Successful Treatment of Mediastinal Seminoma in a Hemodialysis Patient Academic Article uri icon


  • Extragonadal germ cell tumors (GCTs) are relatively uncommon neoplasms, affecting primarily men during the third and fourth decades of life. We describe an unusual case of mediastinal seminoma in a 21-year-old male on chronic peritoneal dialysis for renal failure of uncertain etiology. The patient was treated with chemotherapy consisting of etoposide and cisplatin (EP) combined with hemodialysis. Cisplatin (20 mg/m(2)), and etoposide (50 mg/m(2)) were given on days 1, 3, and 5 for induction. Hemodialysis was started 1 h after completion of etoposide infusion. Following this course of treatment, another 4 cycles of cisplatin (20 mg/m(2)), and etoposide (50 mg/m(2)) were given on successive days from day 1 to 5. Hemodialysis was carried out daily, prior to the start of chemotherapy. Subcutaneous PEG-filgrastim was given on day 6 in all cycles. The patient's status after the first post-induction treatment was complicated by a pseudomonas infection. Tumor response to chemotherapy was prompt with remission lasting to date, 17 months after diagnosis. This case report is the second description of chemotherapy given to a hemodialysis patient with extragonadal GCT. We suggest that treatment with EP combined with hemodialysis according to the presented protocol is feasible, and may result in a favorable outcome.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012