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Recurrent chest infections in two young non-smoker men

By David Sladden, Kevin Schembri, Stephen Montefort and Joseph Galea


Pulmonary mucinous cystic carcinomas are rare salivary gland type carcinomas of the lung. They form part of a wide spectrum of mucin secreting glandular mixed type tumours. They comprise 0.1 – 0.2% of all lung tumours. They occur more frequently in young patients and present with cough or recurrent chest infections and therefore may be easily misdiagnosed. Since treatment depends fully on complete surgical resection early diagnosis is essential. Even with treatment the 10-year survival is quoted at 53%. We describe two cases of such rare tumours both of who underwent curative surgical resection. Both patients were younger than 35 years old and presented with recurrent chest infections. The patients were followed for up to eight years and the outcome recorded. A literature search confirms the occurrence in younger patients, who often present with pneumonias and that surgery is the only hope for cure.peer-reviewe

Topics: Chest -- Diseases -- Patients -- Case studies, Lungs -- Diseases -- Patients -- Case studies, Lungs --Tumors -- Patients -- Case studies
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:www.um.edu.mt:123456789/12659
Provided by: OAR@UM

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