Seven patients who had pulmonary resections for lipoid granuloma of the lung were studied regarding the problems in diagnosis and treatment. It is extremely difficult to differentiate this condition from malignant lesions of the lung due to their marked resemblance in radiologic and gross appearances. Moreover, atypical histiocytes present in the sputum specimen are sometimes erroneously interpreted as malignant cells. Thoracotomy and frozen section are indicated in all the cases to confirm diagnosis, and conservative resection is the treatment of choice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine