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Chirurgia 2006 October;19(5):383-5

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A case of pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the lungs

Maeda R. 1, Isowa N. 1, Kikuchi R. 1, Onuma H. 2, Miura H. 2, Kawasaki Y. 3

1 Division of Thoracic Surgery Matsue Red Cross Hospital, Shimane, Japan 2 Division of Pathology Matsue Red Cross Hospital, Shimane, Japan 3 Division of Respiratory Medicine Matsue Red Cross Hospital, Shimane, Japan


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We report a rare case of pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) in a 19-year-old man. A computed tomographic scan of the chest and positron emission tomography showed an ill-defined nodule measuring 1.5 cm×1 cm in the left upper lobe with high 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose accumulation. Video-assisted thoracic surgery was performed to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Since intraoperative histological analysis could not exclude low-grade malignancy, a left upper lobectomy was done. The final diagnosis was IMT.

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