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A Pulmonary Infarction Mimicking Metastatic Lung Tumor

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Pulmonary infarction may present as a solitary pulmonary nodule resembling a malignant pulmonary tumor. A 71-year-old woman who had undergone the surgery for abdominal malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) with inflammatory nature presented with a small nodule in the right lung in computed tomographic images. Two months later, the nodule became enlarged and had an accompanying infiltrative shadow. We suspected a metastatic tumor from MFH and performed video-assisted thoracic surgery. However, subsequent pathological diagnosis of the nodule was pulmonary infarction due to thromboembolism. When a peripheral nodule is detected, pulmonary infarction should be considered as a possible diagnosis.

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K. Teramoto, Y. Kawaguchi, T. Hori, Y. Ohshio, M. Hashimoto, S. Kitamura, J. Hanaoka and N. Tezuka, "A Pulmonary Infarction Mimicking Metastatic Lung Tumor," Surgical Science, Vol. 2 No. 6, 2011, pp. 360-362. doi: 10.4236/ss.2011.26078.


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