Surgical management of solitary pulmonary nodules. An unexpected lucky case

C. Casali, A. Stefani, M. Paci, U. Morandi, R. Lodi

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The case of a 63-year-old woman with a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) is reported. Surgical wedge resection revealed an hamartoma. Digital examination of the lung parenchyma showed an unexpected (not previously visualized by thoracic imaging) second nodule that intraoperative frozen examination revealed an adenocarcinoma. The operation was completed with a right upper lobectomy and complete lymphoadenectomy. The authors recommend an early open surgical procedure for any SPNs with risk factors for developing lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-273
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


  • Carcinoma bronchiolo-alveolar
  • Coin lesion, pulmonary
  • Computed tomography, X-ray computed
  • Thoracotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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