Lung Mets…

August 16, 2013

Chest XR, Non-Trauma, Respiratory, XR


This patient has a history of recently diagnosed uterine cancer and came in with dyspnea:

Mets

Just a simple CXR showing multiple lesions highly suspect of secondary lung neoplasms (metastasized uterine cancer).

The most common type of uterine malignancy is endometrial carcinoma.  It commonly metastasizes to lung, liver, brain, vagina, bone, and abdominal and pelvic lymph nodes (1).  Almost any malignancy can metastasize to the lung due to its rich blood flow, however here is a list of some of the more common primary sites that metastasize to the lungs:

  • Bladder
  • Colon
  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Wilm’s Tumor
  • Neuroblastoma

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

References

1.  Endometrial Cancer Treatment.  National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/endometrial/HealthProfessional/page1.  Accessed 8/2013.

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2 Comments on “Lung Mets…”

  1. Ivana Rajcan Says:

    Great post, this is really useful for residents like me reviewing for board exams. I am using the questions on boardvitals.com too but do you know of any board review sources specifically for radiology areas?

    Ivana rajcan, M.D.

    Reply

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