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Metastatic non-seminomatous germ cell tumour and dermatomyositis.
  1. R. A. Barker,
  2. D. C. Currie,
  3. A. Horwich,
  4. S. G. Spiro
  1. Brompton Hospital, London, UK.


    Twenty to thirty percent of cases of dermatomyositis in adults are associated with malignancy. We report a case in which dermatomyositis heralded the development of a testicular germ cell tumour. Germ cell testicular tumours are treatable and our case emphasizes the importance of measuring blood levels of beta-human chorionic gonadotrophin and alpha-fetoprotein and examination of the testes in young males with indications of possible malignancy.

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