Rapidly growing glandular papilloma associated with mucus production: A case report

Shigeki Suzuki, Taichiro Goto, Katsura Emoto, Yuichiro Hayashi

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Background: Pulmonary glandular papillomas are rare neoplasms, and their very slow or absent growth over time generally facilitates establishing the diagnosis.Case presentation: In an 84-year-old woman who underwent surgery for sigmoid colon cancer, a growing solitary pulmonary nodule was identified on postoperative follow-up computed tomography. A computer tomography-guided needle biopsy was performed under suspicion that the nodule was malignant. The histopathological findings suggested a glandular papilloma. Right basilar segmentectomy was carried out, and the lesion was completely resected. Postoperative histopathological examination revealed a benign glandular papilloma accompanied by mucus retention in the surrounding alveolar region.Conclusions: A malignant neoplasm is usually suspected when a pulmonary tumor shows rapid growth. However, glandular papillomas associated with mucus retention also tend to grow in some cases, and should be included in the differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 22
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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