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Ann Thorac Surg. 1989 Aug;48(2):284-6.

Chest wall implantation of lung cancer after thin-needle aspiration biopsy.

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Department of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 20307-5001.


Percutaneous aspirational biopsy of intrathoracic lesions has become a popular technique. One of the rarest complications is that of implantation of malignant cells within the needle tract and subsequent development of a chest wall mass. A case of chest wall implantation of adenocarcinoma of the lung after thin-needle biopsy is reported. The lesion was successfully treated with radical full-thickness excision of the chest wall and immediate reconstruction with a large rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap.

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