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Urology. 1993 Dec;42(6):716-9.

Operative management of adrenal metastases from lung carcinoma.

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Department of Urology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York.


Most surgeons consider patients with solitary adrenal metastasis from a primary lung carcinoma incurable and avoid excision of both the adrenal and primary lung tumors. However, several cases of successful surgical management of these patients recently have been reported. We reviewed 12 surgically treated patients with isolated adrenal and lung disease and identified 2 survivors of greater than fifteen years (17%) and 4 additional patients who are still alive following combined resection (34%). This survival rate, albeit in a selected population, represents an improvement over the natural history of nine months' survival. We suggest that if after six to twelve months of following patients with lung cancer and isolated adrenal metastasis no other evidence of spread of disease is evident, the tumor biology may be favorable and resection of both adrenal and lung lesions is reasonable.

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