Current Thoracic Surgery 2023 , Vol 8 , Issue 3
Pulmonary carcinoid tumor of endobronchial presentation: a case report
Mayra Valderrama-Saldaña1,W Samir Cubas2,Helen Reina3,José Somocursio3,Max Small1
1Service of Pneumology, Edgardo Rebagliati Martins National Hospital, Lima, Peru
2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Edgardo Rebagliati Martins National Hospital, Lima, Peru
3Service of Pathological Anatomy, Edgardo Rebagliati Martins National Hospital, Lima, Peru
DOI : 10.26663/cts.2023.0027 Viewed : 1124 - Downloaded : 349 Lung carcinoid tumors account for 1-2% of malignant lung neoplasms. Early diagnosis is crucial, and surgery at an early stage may improve the clinical picture and may even be a curative option. We present a 78-year-old woman with a history of poorly controlled arterial hypertension, anxious syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and paroxysmal palpitations for the last two years. Radiologic imaging showed a left hilar nodular lesion causing endobronchial obstruction in the left lower lobe. Anatomopathology revealed a low-grade pulmonary neuroendocrine tumor, and pulmonary resection with nodal staging was promptly considered. The diagnosis of pulmonary carcinoid tumor is challenging; therefore, it is necessary to maintain suspicion in patients with non-specific and/or persistent respiratory symptoms, and complete resection and prolonged close follow-up should be considered despite a satisfactory postoperative course. Keywords : carcinoid tumor, neuroendocrine tumor, lung tumor, carcinoid syndrome