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Lung India. 2019 May-Jun;36(3):236-238. doi: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_111_16.

Atypical carcinoid tumor of the lung: A rare entity.

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1
Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Pathology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Carcinoids account for approximately 2% of all lung tumors, and the atypical carcinoids (ACs) are much rarer than typical carcinoid. Here, we report a rare case of AC tumor of the lung. A 50-year-old female patient presented with left-sided chest pain for 1 year, cough for 6 months, and loss of appetite for 6 months. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan of the thorax revealed an ill-defined heterogeneously enhancing soft-tissue attenuation lesion in the mediastinum following which transthoracic biopsy was done. Histomorphology and immunohistochemistry were consistent with AC, a neuroendocrine tumor. Combination chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin and etoposide was administered as initial chemotherapy.

KEYWORDS:

Atypical carcinoid; intrathoracic mass; neuroendocrine tumor

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