Adenocarcinoma of the lung presenting as a solitary pulmonary nodule

T. W. Lawhorne, R. R. Baker, D. Carter

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In the authors' hospital, the ratio of primary adenocarcinoma of the lung to metastatic adenocarcinoma in thoracotomy specimens which have been removed from patients who present with a solitary lung mass and without a history of previous malignancy is 10 to 1. The routine use of a preoperative gastrointestinal series, barium enema and intravenous pyelogram in the work up of the patient with a solitary pulmonary mass is usually unproductive. This low yield should be kept in mind in the management of these patients. Contrariwise, the value of a post thoracotomy survey when the question of primary versus metastatic lesion cannot be settled by microscopic study must be appreciated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalJohns Hopkins Medical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes

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