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Chirurgia 2013 October;26(5):365-7

language: English

Simultaneous chronic lymphocytic leukemia and stage I lung cancer

Onorati I. 1, Anile M. 1, Diso D. 1, Angioletti D. 1, Mantovani S. 1, Patella M. 1, Vignetti M. 2, Venuta F. 1

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy;
2 Department of Hematology La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


The association between lung cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia has already been reported; however the simultaneous association is rare. A 60-year-old man with an untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia was admitted to our department with a pulmonary lesion and mediastinal adenopathy discovered during work up for the hematological disease. Computed tomography-guided needle biopsy of the lung mass suggested the diagnosis of bronchogenic epidermoid carcinoma. The patient underwent left lower lobectomy with complete mediastinal lymph node dissection. The pathology report confirmed bronchogenic squamous cell carcinoma with visceral pleura involvement; lymph node stations 4, 5, 7 and 10 were not involved by lung cancer but showed chronic lymphocytic leukemia invasion.

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