Obstructive jaundice at the initial presentation in small-cell lung cancer

Nobuaki Ochi, Nagio Takigawa, Masayuki Yasugi, Etsuji Ishida, Hirofumi Kawamoto, Akihiko Taniguchi, Daijiro Harada, Eiko Hayashi, Hiroko Toda, Hiroyuki Yanai, Mitsune Tanimoto, Katsuyuki Kiura

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Obstructive jaundice sometimes may develop in association with advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC); however, SCLC initially presenting with obstructive jaundice is rare. This report presents the cases of two SCLC patients with obstructive jaundice at the initial diagnosis. A 64-year-old male presented with obstructive jaundice due to a tumor at the head of the pancreas. He was diagnosed with SCLC by transbronchial biopsy from a lung tumor in the left upper lobe. Another 74-year-old male was admitted with jaundice due to a tumor in the porta hepatis. He was also diagnosed with SCLC by a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of a lung tumor in the left lower lobe. Both cases were successfully treated with systemic chemotherapy after endoscopic retrograde biliary drainage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Case Reports Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Biliary obstruction
  • Jaundice
  • Metastasis
  • Small-cell lung carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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