A woman with a solitary pulmonary nodule: is it a lung cancer?

V. Conti, A. Petroianni, I. Halili, E. Lemontzi, V. Dal, M. Lagalla, D. Vitolo, G. Paone, C. Terzano

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Solitary pulmonary nodules present a real challenge for physicians. Due to the clinical implications and prognosis of a certain diagnosis, it should be pursued with any cost; a clear definition is not always simple and further investigations are often necessary to exclude the possibility of a malignancy. A diagnostic path must be followed and the clinical hypothesis should be reconsidered on the basis of the new information provided by the tests, always keeping in mind their limits! Sometimes only the surgical resection permits a definitive diagnosis. A 68 year-old non-smoker female with a pulmonary solitary nodule highly suspicious to be malignant at the chest CT, performed a FBS with BAL, negative for neoplastic cells and for infective agents, and a CT guided pulmonary biopsy that was inconclusive. The patient underwent then a video-thoracoscopic atypical lung resection that demonstrated the reactive nature of the lesion, definitely excluding the presence of a malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume16 Suppl 4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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