Abstract 3.14




Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma: (A Case Report):Management Obstacles in a Developing Country

H. Itam, S. Etuk, I. Ekanem, A. Abasiatti 

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. 
Department of Pathology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. 







Childhood tumours are rare in our environment, lymphomas, nephroblastoma and leukemias may be found but embryonal rabdomyosarcoma (botryoid sarcoma) is not only rare but is the most lethal. A case of a 3-year old girl (see photographs 1 & 11) who was referred to UCTH with a recurrent vaginal mass is presented. Histology of the biopsy specimen confirmed embryonal rabdomyosarcoma. Delay in referring this case to a Tertiary center by health workers, late presentation with advanced disease, poor financial status of the parents and high cost of treatment all contributed to the mortality in this unfortunate child.


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