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Vol. 83. Issue 3.
Pages 238-242 (May - June 2015)
Vol. 83. Issue 3.
Pages 238-242 (May - June 2015)
Clinical case
DOI: 10.1016/j.circen.2015.09.028
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Metastatic collision tumour: A case report
Tumor metastásico de colisión. Informe de un caso
Oscar Zenón Rosas-Guerra
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Corresponding author at: Calle 13 número 9, Col. Valentín Gómez Farías, Del. Venustiano Carranza, C.P. 15010, México D.F., México. Tel.: +52 01 771 7187206.
, Jorge Alfonso Pérez-Castro y Vázquez, Gumaro Hugolino Andrade-López, Fernando Vera-Rodríguez, Heriberto Garza-de la Llave
Servicio de Cirugía General, Hospital Ángeles Metropolitano, Grupo Ángeles Servicios de Salud, México D.F., México
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Table 1. Reported collision tumours.

Collision tumours are extremely rare. They are defined by the presence of two tumours of different histological origin in the same organ.

Clinical case

A 71-year-old female with history of a carcinoid tumour removed 20 years ago without any recurrence. The patient was admitted with intestinal occlusion symptoms secondary to a right flank abdominal tumour. An exploratory laparotomy was performed, removing the tumour and applying optimal debulking.

The histopathological study reported bilateral ovary adenocarcinoma, as well as metastatic collision tumour of two histological types: well differentiated adenocarcinoma and a mixed malignant mesodermic Mullerian tumour.

The patient was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy with poor results (death in 24 months).


The presence of collision tumours is extremely rare. There are no statistics or specific treatment reported. Diagnosis is made with histopathology. At the moment, no similar cases have been reported.

Collision tumour
Tumour mixed mesodermic

Los tumores de colisión son raros, se definen como la presencia de 2 tumores de diferente estirpe histológica en el mismo órgano o sitio.

Caso clínico

Se presenta el caso de una paciente femenina de 71 años, con antecedente de tumor carcinoide resecado hace 20 años, sin recidiva. La paciente presenta cuadro de oclusión intestinal secundario a tumor en flanco derecho del abdomen. Se le realiza laparotomía exploradora con resección del tumor, y citorreducción óptima. En el estudio histopatológico se encuentra adenocarcinoma de ovario bilateral, así como tumor de colisión en metástasis, el cual presenta 2 estirpes histológicas: adenocarcinoma bien diferenciado y tumor mixto maligno mülleriano mesodérmico. La paciente es enviada para quimioterapia adyuvante, presentando mala evolución. Murió a los 24 meses.


La presencia de tumores de colisión es extremadamente rara, en la literatura no hay estadísticas ni tratamiento específico. Su diagnóstico es histopatológico. No se ha reportado ningún caso similar en la literatura médica.

Palabras clave:
Tumor de colisión
Tumor mixto mesodérmico
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Collision tumours are highly rare neoplasias; there are few series and case reports on them in the English literature. The presence of several primary neoplasias in the same individual is a frequent occurrence; they can be synchronous (within a 6-month interval) or metachronous (within an interval longer than 6 months). However, the presence of two histological lineages in the same organ or place is called a collision tumour. Histologically, both populations collide without there being transition areas between them. They have been described as occurring in several places: the cardia, cervix, bladder, liver, lung, thyroids and biliary ducts. Most of them are carcinomas and sarcomas collisions or lymphomas collisions, and more infrequently, carcinomas collisions.1 There are several theories, such as the simultaneous proliferation of two different cell lines, a common origin from a pluripotent precursor cell that would differentiate into two components, or the casual development of two non-related tumours. Genetic predisposition, old age, exposure to environmental carcinogens, previous treatments with radiotherapy or chemotherapy and immunosuppression, among others, are all factors that increase the risk of developing these tumours.

The purpose of this study is to show the first case of a collision tumour in a metastasis in Mexico, and possibly the first case report in the English language medical literature.

Clinical case

The case is a 71-year-old patient who has a history of intestinal surgery due to a carcinoid tumour in her small intestine more than 20 years ago; she denies having additional medical history of relevance.

She was admitted in February 2012, with symptoms of intermittent partial bowel obstruction, with significant abdominal bloating, constipation, nausea and vomiting, and volume augmentation in right flank, non-mobile. An abdominal ultrasound was performed, which only showed an anechoic lesion in the left lobe of her liver. The abdominal computerised axial tomography showed the presence of free fluid, a hepatic cyst that had already been detected by the sonography, and a tumour that compressed the colon in her right flank; all these data are an indication of carcinomatosis (Fig. 1). Laboratory data were within normal ranges.

Figure 1.

Abdominal tomography that shows ascites (thin arrow), as well as a tumour in the right flank, that compresses the right colon (thick arrow), these data are an indication of carcinomatosis (arrow head).


The patient did not show any improvement from the obstruction symptoms despite medical treatment, so an exploratory laparotomy was performed, through which 3 l serohaematic ascites, omental, mesentery and pelvic viscera implantations were found, with no evidence of primary; a 12cm×8cm tumour was seen in the right parietocolic gutter with encephaloid aspect, papillary, with good cleavage plane, which could be removed. Cytoreductive surgery was performed, which included Piver 1 total hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with optimum removal (R0).

Patient was taken to the surgical inpatient unit; she showed good progress. She was discharged in 72h, with adequately tolerated oral route. She was sent to Medical Oncology for adjuvancy in March, 2012. Treatment with carboplatin and paclitaxel was initiated. The patient was asymptomatic at her one-year follow-up. However, disease recurrence occurred at month 18, with ascites, abdominal pain, weight loss and symptoms of partial bowel obstruction. Patient decided not to continue with any treatment and died 24 months after the diagnosis.

Histopathology. There is a neoplastic lesion that corresponds to a well-differentiated adenocarcinoma on the surface of both ovaries. It forms a solid nodule in the right ovary and in the left ovary, over its serosa, and there are many Psammoma bodies. There is metastasis in the omental and in the abdominal wall, in which there is a lesion formed by papillary structures of very variable size with two types of differentiation; one of them is epithelial and covers the surface of the papillary areas, the epithelium is stratified in many places and it has cells with hyperchromatic and somewhat pleomorphic nuclei with frequent mitotic figures and non-vacuolated eosinophilic cytoplasm. The second component corresponds to a sarcomatosis, with a compact arrangement of cells, scarce cytoplasm with ill-defined borders and occasionally with uninucleate or multinucleate giant cells. There are areas of desmoplastic fibrous stroma and of aponeurotic tissue from the abdominal wall.

The immunohistochemistry analysis shows p53 and WT1 markers that are positive in both components; p16 is only positive in the sarcomatous component. The endometrial origin rests on the CD10, CA-125 and oestrogen receptor positivity. The sarcomatous component is desmin and S-100 positive, and WT1, p16 and CD10 negative.2,3 Oestrogen receptors in the well-differentiated adenocarcinoma part were negative, and in the malignant mixed mesodermal (müllerian) tumour, that were positive (Fig. 2). The ovaries presented a well-differentiated adenocarcinoma.

Figure 2.

Immunohistochemistry. The use of this technique is shown in the ovarian tumour (upper image), as well as in the adenocarcinoma area of the metastasis (lower right) with negative receptors, and the positive receptors to oestrogens in the sarcomatous area of the metastasis.


We came to a diagnosis of collision tumour in the abdominal wall metastasis, which was formed by a well-differentiated adenocarcinoma component and a malignant mixed mesodermal (müllerian) tumour component.


The physical examination, the findings in imaging and research studies do not confirm the existence of collision tumours, the latest being histopathological incidents.4 There have been few reports about collision tumours in Mexico, with only some skin cases.5–7

The combination of a carcinoma and a mixed mesodermal tumour is infrequent.8 Until now, there has been no report in medical literature of a case similar to the one presented. Most of the collision tumours are described under gynaecological disorders. Table 1 shows some collision tumours with their histological location and lineage.

Table 1.

Reported collision tumours.

Author  Age  Gender  Location  Type of collision 
Peng and Schwarz4  52  Duodenum  Adenocarcinoma+neuroendocrine carcinoma 
Jimenez Hernandez et al.5  33  Skin  Solid basal cell carcinoma+melanocytic nevus 
Martinez Muñoz et al.6  65  Skin  Keratoacanthoma+seborrheic keratitis 
Quiñones Venegas et al.7  83  Skin  Pigmented basal cell carcinoma+seborrheic keratosis 
Quiñones Venegas et al.7  55  Skin  Pigmented basal cell carcinoma+seborrheic keratosis 
Quiñones Venegas et al.7  37  Skin  Benign melanocytic lesion+seborrheic keratosis 
Allen et al.8  63  Ovarian  Epithelial serous adenofibroma+sarcoma with rhabdomyoblastic differentiation 
Jang et al.9  70  Uterus  Papillary serous carcinoma+endometrioid carcinoma+mixed müllerian tumour 
Brahmania et al.10  64  Colon  Granulosa tumour+adenocarcinoma 
Ferrando Marco et al.11  64  Duodenus-head of pancreas  Duodenal carcinoid+adenocarcinoma 
Williams et al.12  58  Ampulla of Vater  Carcinoid tumour+adenocarcinoma 
Varikatt et al.13  37  Ampulla of Vater  Somatostatinoma+neurofibroma 
Hirono et al.14  75  Ampulla of Vater-common bile duct  Adenocarcinoma+cholangiocarcinoma 
Patwardhan and Gadgil15  55  Uterus  Adenocarcinoma+leiomyosarcoma 
Lifschitz-Mercer et al.16  69  Uterus  Well-differentiated adenocarcinoma+high-grade stromal sarcoma 
Sreenan and Hart17  67  Uterus  Endometrial adenocarcinoma+homologous sarcoma 
Sreenan and Hart17  72  Uterus  Serous carcinoma+heterologous sarcoma 
Gaertner et al.18  49  Uterus  Endometrioid adenocarcinoma+rhabdomyosarcoma 
Lam et al.19  85  Uterus  Endometrioid adenocarcinoma+high-grade endometrial sarcoma 
Lam et al.19  47  Uterus  Endometrioid adenocarcinoma+high-grade endometrial sarcoma 
Takahashi and Inoue20  68  Uterus  Hepatoid carcinoma+carcinosarcoma 
Shaco et al.21  79  Uterus  Papillary serous carcinoma+small-cell carcinoma 
This study  71  Peritoneal metastasis  Adenocarcinoma+mixed müllerian tumour 

F: female; M: male.

The combination of tumours in one organ or place can be divided into two clinical-pathological groups: collision tumour or compound tumour. In the first one, the histologically different tissues juxtapose with healthy stroma between them. In the compound tumour, the different components intermingle to form one tumour mass.9

Some theories about collision tumours regard them as a proliferation of two different cell lines, or as having a common origin in a totipotential cell, which differentiates into two different cell lines.10 A third theory involves the sarcomatous conversion of an epithelial tumour. Lastly, it is important to differentiate it from a tumour that metastasises in another one. Mixed müllerian tumours are aggressive neoplasias; extragonadal presence is infrequent. In a case presentation, Kurshumliu et al.3 refer to only 30 published cases in medical literature, the majority of which involved postmenopausal women. A theory proposed by the same authors is that the origin is in an endometriotic area.

The origin of this tumour can probably be explained as an ovarian primary tumour metastasis (adenocarcinoma component) and the sarcomatous degeneration of some endometriotic area in the wall; both tumours collided in the same neoplasia.

In general, mixed tumours have a bad prognosis and a postoperative survival of 14 months, although in our case the survival was of 24 months (12 months free of tumour).

Treatment for these tumours is performed by implementing a combination of therapies, treating each tumour as if it were the only one. This case was treated with surgery to solve the obstruction symptoms, and then it was decided to initiate chemotherapy with carboplatin and paclitaxel (since it is a useful method in epithelial ovarian tumours, as well as in uterine sarcomas).


Collision tumours are infrequent neoplasias; there are few reports about them in medical literature. Their prognosis is unknown, since there are no previous similar cases. It is possible that long-term survival is similar to that for mixed peritoneal müllerian tumours.

The treatment adapted to this case was surgery with optimal cytoreduction, as well as adjuvancy.

Conflict of interests

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

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Please cite this article as: Rosas-Guerra OZ, Pérez-Castro y Vázquez JA, Andrade-López GH, Vera-Rodríguez F, Garza-de la Llave H. Tumor metastásico de colisión. Informe de un caso. Cir Cir. 2015;83:238–42.

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