Pulmonary carcinoid

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


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Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

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Rounded opacity projects over the right heart border. No other masses. No pleural effusion. No lymphadenopathy. 


Pulmonary nodule seen at the inferior aspect of the right hilum. Calcified pleural plaques in keeping with history of previous asbestos exposure. No lymphadenopathy or other lesion. 

The pulmonary nodule was monitored and was slowly growing over a number of years. EBUS-guided biopsy was indeterminate, and the patient proceeded to right lower lobectomy. 


Specimen: Right lower lobe

Size: 18x16x16mm

Site: 7mm from pleural surface

Histological type: Typical carcinoid tumor with predominantly a trabecular pattern. Mitotic activity amounts to less than one mitotic figure per 2mm squared fields. There is a pushing well demarcated advancing front to the tumour.

Case Discussion

This case is a nice variant on the retrocardiac lung cancer, which is more typically in the left lower lobe. There are no specific features to suggest a radiographic diagnosis of carcinoid.

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Case information

rID: 45023
Published: 12th May 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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