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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2012 Mar;14(3):338-9. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivr061. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Cavitary lung cancer presenting as subcutaneous emphysema on the contralateral side.

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  • 1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Hospital for Education and Research, Bursa, Turkey.

Abstract

Bronchocutaneous fistula is an extremely rare complication of lung cancer and is frequently seen following biopsy or radiotherapy. A 67-year old male patient was administered to our hospital due to sudden onset of shortness of breath and subcutaneous emphysema on the right side. Chest computed tomography revealed a cavitary lesion in the left upper lobe in connection with the subcutaneous emphysema on the right side through sternum and anterior chest wall. The pathological examination of the biopsy performed during tube insertion revealed a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. The patient was referred for adjuvant therapy to local oncology hospital. He passed away 9 months following diagnosis.

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