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Acta Chir Belg. 2001 Nov-Dec;101(6):300-3.

Intra-abdominal metastases from primary carcinoma of the lung.

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Department of General Surgery, Antwerp St. Vincentius Hospital, Belgium.


The case of a 56-year old male with an intra-abdominal metastasis from a primary lung cancer is presented. He was admitted for abdominal obstruction, toxic syndrome and paraumbilical pain. He had a previous history of squamous cell carcinoma of the right lung, for which he had undergone a right upper lobectomy in 1995, four years prior to the development of the abdominal obstruction. A debulking operation and bowel resection for the intestinal metastasis was performed. Eleven months after this operation the patient developed a recurrence: he underwent another debulking operation with resection of the sigmoid colon, jejunal segment and a small part of the bladder. The patient is alive and well 13 months after the initial operation. Intra-abdominal metastases of bronchial carcinoma may be observed with greater frequency, because of the improved survival of the patients with lung cancer. Metastatic small bowel carcinomas are rare and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal syndromes of patients with known history of the lung cancer. Bowel resection and debulking of the metastatic tumour mass give the best palliation and improve short-term survival.

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