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Surg Today. 1999;29(11):1195-200.

An extremely large solitary primary paraganglioma of the lung: report of a case.

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Department of Surgery I, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


We present herein the case of a 38-year-old woman found to have an extremely large solitary primary paraganglioma of the lung. The patient presented with chest pain on exertion and a mass was discovered in the left lower lobe of the lung by chest X-rays and computed tomography (CT). As no other neoplasms were detected elsewhere, a left lower lobectomy was performed. The patient has remained well without any evidence of recurrence for 5 years since her operation. The tumor, measuring 13 x 12 x 7 cm, was composed of ovoid cells (Zellballen), which were positive for Fontana-Masson and Grimelius stains, and sustentacular cells. Immunohistochemically, the ovoid cells were positive for neuron-specific enolase, S-100, CAM5.2, Leu7, and chromogranin A, and negative for carcinoembryonic antigen and epithelial membrane antigen. The sustentacular cells were positive for S-100 protein and CAM5.2, and negative for glial fibrillary acid protein. Therefore, the tumor was diagnosed as a paraganglioma. The tumor from our patient is the largest of the 17 solitary primary pulmonary paragangliomas reported thus far in the English-language literature.

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