Spindle cell carcinoma of lung

Spindle cell carcinoma of the lung a very rare primary pulmonary malignancy. It is sometimes classified as a sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung. Some authors also use the term synonymously with pleomorphic carcinomas of the lung, while the WHO 1999 classification system places the latter as a separate entity. 

Tumours usually shows a concurrent presence of malignant epithelial and homologous sarcomatoid spindle cell components by co-expressing cytokeratin and vimentin in various degrees. 

We do not know of any specific imaging features specifically for this tumour. The lesion may either present as endobronchial lesions or peripheral parenchymal lesions. 

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rID: 22593
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Monophasic sarcomatoid carcinoma of lung
  • Monophasic sarcomatoid carcinoma of lungs
  • Pleomorphic (spindle) cell carcinoma of lungs
  • Pulmonary spindle cell carcinomas
  • Pulmonary spindle cell carcinoma
  • Spindle cell carcinoma of lungs
  • Spindle cell carcinomas of lungs
  • Spindle cell carcinoma of the lung
  • Spindle cell carcinoma of the lungs

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