Calcifying pulmonary metastases

Calcifying pulmonary metastases are rare. These should not be confused with metastatic pulmonary calcification.

Pathology

Calcification in metastases can arise through a variety of mechanisms: bone formation in tumors osteoid origin, calcification and ossification of tumor cartilage, dystrophic calcification and ossification of tumor cartilage, dystrophic calcification and mucoid calcification.

A number of primary malignancies can potentially cause calcification. The reported spectrum includes metastatic nodules from 3:

A useful mnemonic to remember the various causes can be found here.

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Article information

rID: 24816
System: Chest
Section: Gamuts
Tag: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Calcified pulmonary metastases
  • Calcific pulmonary metastases
  • Calcific pulmonary metastasis
  • Calcified pulmonary metastasis

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  • Case 1: osteosarcoma metastases
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