ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Synchronous Bilateral Multiple Typical Pulmonary Carcinoid Tumors: A Unique Case with 10 Typical Carcinoids
Alkın Yazıcıoğlu 1, Erdal Yekeler 1, Pınar Bıcakcıoğlu 1, Nurettin Karaoğlanoğlu 1, Esra Özaydın 2
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Atatürk Chest Disease and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Pathology, Atatürk Chest Disease Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2012.081
Pages : 450-452


Bilateral multiple typical carcinoid tumors of the lung are uncommon malignancies. We discuss the case of a 64 year-old female with a nonproductive cough as the  initial symptom. Thoracic computed tomography revealed multiple nodular lesions on both sides, which were initially misdiagnosed as multiple metastases of the lung with an unknown primary. After resection of nodules in the right hemithorax, pathologic examination revealed a typical carcinoid tumor. Bilateral sequential thoracotomy was performed and all ten nodules, (six on the right side and four on the left side), were treated by sublobar resection due to poor respiratory function. Pathological examination revealed all nodules to be typical carcinoid tumors. Following the resections, the patient has remained disease-free for ten months.

Keywords : Pulmonary carcinoid, typical carcinoid, bilateral, synchronous
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