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BMC Medical Imaging

, 11:13

First Online: 31 May 2011Received: 27 December 2010Accepted: 31 May 2011

Abstract

BackgroundConsolidation with or without ground-glass opacity is the typical radiologic finding of lung metastases of adenocarcinoma from the gastrointestinal tract. Lung excavated metastases from gastrointestinal carcinoma are very rare.

Case presentationThe authors describe an unusual presentation of multiple cavitated lung metastases from colon adenocarcinoma and discuss the outcome of a patient. The absence both of symptoms and other disease localizations, the investigations related to different diagnostic hypotheses and the empirical treatments caused a delay in correct diagnosis. Only a transparietal biopsy revealed the neoplastic origin of nodules.

ConclusionsThis report demonstrates that although lung excavated metastases are described in literature, initial failure to reach a diagnosis is common. We would like to alert clinicians and radiologists to the possibility of unusual atypical features of pulmonary metastases from colon adenocarcinoma.

KeywordsExcavated lung metastases Computed tomography scan Colon carcinoma Atypical radiologic features of lung lesions Diagnostic imaging Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2342-11-13 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Patrizia Seminara - Gaia Manna - Alessandra Emiliani - Alessandro Iannace - Tania Losanno

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