Occult lung cancer in patients with bullous emphysema

Federico Venuta, Erino A. Rendina, Edoardo O. Pescarmona, Tiziano De Giacomo, Dario Vizza, Isac Flaishman, Costante Ricci

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Background: The incidence of lung cancer is increased in patients with bullous emphysema. Methods: A series of 95 patients undergoing excision of bullous lung tissue was reviewed to determine the incidence and long term outcome of occult carcinoma present in the resected material. Results: Four patients (4.2%) had peripheral foci of large cell carcinoma in the resection specimen (three bullectomies and one lobectomy). Conclusions: Resected bullous lung tissue should be carefully examined for areas of bronchogenic carcinoma. The results of incidental complete excision are favourable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-290
Number of pages2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • bullous emphysema
  • lung cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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