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Ir J Med Sci. 2005 Jan-Mar;174(1):61-4.

Cannonball metastases with favourable prognosis.

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  • 1Department of Histopathology, St. James's Hospital and Trinity College Medical School, Dublin.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Secondary 'cannonball' metastases to the lung are frequent and usually associated with disseminated malignancy and poor prognosis.

AIM:

To report the case of a patient with metastatic pulmonary endometrial stromal sarcoma who had a previous hysterectomy for benign uterine fibroids and no past history of malignancy.

RESULT:

A 70-year-old female presented with cannonball metastases in her lung. Four years previously she had a hysterectomy for 'fibroids'. Review of the original histology revealed endometrial stromal sarcoma, similar to the lung metastasis. She currently has a good prognosis.

CONCLUSION:

A patient with 'cannonball' metastases can have a favourable prognosis. A female patient with a previous hysterectomy for uterine fibroids, should be considered to have metastatic sarcoma until proven otherwise.

PMID:
15868893
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