Lung squamous cell carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Mass on chest X-Ray.

Patient Data

Age: 72
Gender: Male

CT Chest

Solid mass with irregular contours and well-defined limits, located in the left upper lobe with retraction of the adjacent pleural surface. There are a small calcified nodule within the mass, probably corresponding to a granulomatous lesion involved by the tumor. There is enhancement to contrast media.

Case Discussion

As the mass touch the thoracic wall, the patient underwent to ultrasound guided transparietal mass biopsy. The pathologic study reveals a lung squamous cell carcinoma

This kind of tumor accounts for ~30-35% of all lung cancers and in most instances are due to heavy smoking, like on this patient. Although squamous cell carcinoma of the lung is traditionally known to arise centrally (66-90%), the incidence of peripherally located is increasing. 

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Case information

rID: 27915
Published: 8th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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