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Patient with coin lesion on x-ray – chance of malignancy?

50% at 50 years of age (more likely if older, less likely if younger)


Characteristic of a benign lung lesion versus malignant lesion on imaging?

Smooth surface versus irregular/spiculated surface


Likely diagnosis if lung imaging shows:
1. Calcifications
2. Bull's-eye configuration
3. Popcorn appearance

1. Granulomas (Cancers rarely have calcium)
2. Benign
3. Hamartomas


Noncancerous coin lesions are common where?

1. Southwest – coccidiomycoses
2. Ohio Valley – histoplasmosis


Patient presents with coin lesion – work up?

#CT guided needle aspiration
#If malignant/indeterminant, resection


60-year-old man with a 40 pack year smoking history presents with cough and hemoptysis. Absent breath sounds in the right lower chest. Normal labs. CXR shows 2 cm lesion in the right middle lobe and 2 cm lymph node at the take off from the right mainstem bronchus – next steps in the evaluation?

#Bronchoscopy to obtain tissue diagnosis
#Mediastinoscopy to examine lymph nodes


Doubling time of solitary pulmonary nodule that suggests cancer? That disfavors cancer?

Five weeks to 280 days

Less than five weeks for over 465 days


Likely diagnosis if pulmonary mess presents with:
1. Dental abscess or sinus
2. Concentric calcification
3. Thin-walled cavity with air fluid level
4. Chronic skin ulcers
5. Meningeal involvement
6. Mycetoma with air crescent sign
7. Well-defined border with slight lobulations
8. Adjacent to thickened pleura

1. Actinomycosis
2. Histoplasmosis
3. Coccidiomycosis
4. Blastomycosis
5. Cryptococcus
6. Aspergillus
7. Hamartoma
8. Round atelectasis


55-year-old man with two PPD smoking history presents with hemoptysis and 10 pound weight loss. CXR shows 3.5 cm mass in right hilum. Bronchoscopy shows tumor in upper lobe bronchus. Mediastinoscopy is negative for lymph node metastasis. Histology shows undifferentiated squamous cell carcinoma. Stage? Management?

Stage I – no hilar metastasis

Exploratory thoracotomy and pneumonectomy because mass is centrally located


Stages for lung cancer?

Stage I – no lymph node involvement
Stage II – intrapulmonary and/or hilar lymph node involvement
Stage IIIa – over 3 cm tumor involving ipsilateral hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes
Stage IIIB – involvement of mediastinum and ipsilateral/contralateral mediastinal, hilar, supraclavicular lymph nodes


Treatment for stage I lung cancer?

Stage II lung cancer?

Stage III lung cancer?

Surgical resection

Surgical resection

Chemoradiation for surgical resection


Pancoast tumor – originates where?

Work up?


Bad prognosis if?

Extreme apex of the long in the superior sulcus

CT scan, bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy, needle Biopsy

Irradiation for six weeks, then surgical resection

Involvement of mediastinal nodes


25-year-old woman presents with cough, SOB, hemoptysis. Non-smoker. CXR reveals partial collapse of right upper lobe. Likely diagnosis? Confirm with? Treatment?

Bronchial adenoma resulting in atelectasis

CT scan, bronchoscopy



Why is bronchial adenoma a misnomer? Types?

Have malignant potential

Carcinoid (Oat-cell carcinoma) versus adenocystic


Danger in taking a biopsy of a bronchial adenoma?

Highly Vascular, tends to bleed


65-year-old retired shipyard worker presents with chest pain and shortness of breath for three months. Absent breath sounds and dullness to percussion in right lung base. CXR reveals opacified right lower lung field with pleural effusion – likely diagnosis? differential? Confirm with?

Plural effusion in older patient is cancer until proven otherwise

#Bronchogenic carcinoma/mesothelioma
#Congestive heart failure
# viral/bacterial pneumonia
#Empyema or tuberculosis effusion

Thoracentesis and pleural biopsy


Treatment for mesothelioma?

Only cure – extrapleural pneumonectomy (removal of lung, parietal/visceral Flora, +/- pericardium and diaphragm)


Water-sealed chest tube mechanism?

Maintains negative pressure in plural space to create one-way valve drain air/fluid in lung


Patient gets the chest tube – causes of persistent air leak?

#Incorrect tube placement
#leaks from lung parenchyma, large bleb, bronchi


Patient with chest tube has persistent air leak – tube appropriately placed, leak from blend or bronchi ruled out – source of air leak? Management?

Parenchyma – surgical intervention

#Thorascopic excision of blebs and and Pleurodesis (pleural abrasion)


Mechanism of pleurodesis?

Irritates the visceral and parietal pleura, causing them to it here (preventing future pneumothorax)