Pancoast tumor

Case contributed by Garth Kruger


A smoker presents with the history of intractable shoulder pain not responding to conservative therapy

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

Pancoast tumor with osseous destruction. 

Case Discussion

Pancoast tumor represents an apical lung malignancy, which may be identified on chest radiograph, AP shoulder or AP cervical spine films, either incidently or due to the symptomatology that was the indication for the film.  It is also one reason the lung apex is considered as a review area on all chest radiograph interpretations.

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