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Pulmonary metastases 

Pulmonary metastases

Chapter:
Pulmonary metastases
Author(s):

S.G. Spiro

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.181902_update_001

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Use of PET scanning in diagnosis.

Updated on 30 May 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 28 April 2017

Malignant metastasis to the lung is common. It may present as a solitary enlarging nodule, as multiple nodules ranging enormously in size and number, or with diffuse lymphatic involvement. Diagnosis can usually be secured by percutaneous CT-guided biopsy and most suspicious lesions will be PET positive. Surgical excision may prolong survival or result in cure in rare cases.

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