Pancoast tumor

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Shoulder pain.

Patient Data

Age: 73
Gender: Male

Opacity obscuring the right lung apex. 



A large mass in right lung apex invading chest wall and eroding the second and third right ribs. There is an hypoattenuating center (necrosis) and surrounding enhancement. The mass also involves the right subclavian artery.    


A core-biopsy was requested.

CT guided core-biopsy. Obviously the central necrotic area was not the biopsy target, two fragments were obtained from peripheral area. 


Case Discussion

The case was confirmed as a squamous cell carcinoma (non–small cell carcinoma).

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Case information

rID: 29403
Published: 23rd May 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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