The following case is reported because of the unusual location of a large ectopic adrenal tumor and its successful surgical removal. Mention is made of similarly located tumors, and the early history of aberrant adrenal tissue in general is briefly given. Much of the literature concerning this subject is confusing because of the lack of proper classification. Frequently no clear distinction is made between malignant and benign nodules of adrenal tissue. The frankly malignant tumors of such origin are rare.
REPORT OF CASE
—E. R., a white married woman aged 51, was admitted to Ellis Hospital on March 29, 1933, with the chief complaint of intermittent attacks of nausea and vomiting. The family history seemed irrelevant except that the father had died of carcinoma of the colon at the age of 68.The illness for which the patient sought relief had begun one year before admission, with an
MacMILLAN SF, GILBERT JB. ABERRANT ADRENAL TUMOR OF UPPER PART OF ABDOMENREPORT OF A CASE WITH SIX YEAR CURE. Arch Surg. 1940;40(1):77-82. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.04080010080008