Choriocarcinoma

Last updated: Tuesday, 27, July, 2010
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Choriocarcinoma may follow a normal pregnancy, spontaneous abortion or, in particular, a molar pregnancy. Choriocarcinoma may also occur in a germ cell tumour. Choriocarcinoma most commonly originates in the testes or ovary however primary sites may also be extragonadal.

Human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta subunit).

Marked elevation of Beta HCG in a patient with a malignant teratoma (eg, testis) suggests the presence of an element of choriocarcinoma.

Biopsy of endometrial, testicular, ovarian, mediastinal or metastatic lesion.