Cannonball metastases (lungs)

Dr Joachim Feger and Dr Ian Bickle et al.

Cannonball metastases refer to multiple large, well-circumscribed, round pulmonary metastases that appear not unsurprisingly like cannonballs. The French terms "envolée de ballons" and "lâcher de ballons",  which translate to "balloons release", are also used to describe this same appearance.

Metastases with such an appearance are classically secondary to:

Or less common primary tumors:

Chest
Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 22830
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • envolée de ballons
  • Cannonball pulmonary metastases
  • Cannonball metastasis
  • Cannonball lung metastases
  • Cannon-ball metastases
  • Balloons release appearance
  • Cannon ball metastases

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