Radiologic findings of bronchogenic carcinoma with pulmonary metastases at presentation

Edith M. Marom, Edward F. Patz, Stephen J. Swensen

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PURPOSE: To describe the radiologic findings in patients with primary bronchogenic carcinoma and pulmonary metastases at presentation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of patients with bronchogenic carcinoma who at presentation had pulmonary metastases. RESULTS: Fourteen (52%) men and 13 (48%) women with a mean age of 60 years were identified. Adenocarcinoma was the most common histology (70%). The number of nodules varied, although 78% of patients had greater than 50 nodules. Nodules size ranged from 2 to 30 mm, but 82% of patients had nodules less than 10 mm in diameter. Mediastinal lymphadenopathy was seen in 41% of patients, and pleural disease in 44% of patients. Only 37% had radiologic evidence of extrathoracic disease, with hone metastases (30%) being the most common. CONCLUSION: Multiple pulmonary nodules may be the presenting thoracic manifestation of primary bronchogenic carcinoma, with patterns of metastases and survival rates similar to other stage IV patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-668
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung cancer
  • Metastasis diagnosis
  • Pulmonary nodules


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