A 60-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for productive cough. Chest roentgenography and CT scan disclosed a left hilar tumor invading the mediastinum, with mediastinal lymphadenopathy and diffuse micronodular shadows in both lung fields. A biopsied sample of the tumor revealed squamous cell carcinoma, while noncaseating epithelioid cell granulomas were observed in the samples obtained by transbronchial lung biopsy. The granulomas in the pulmonary parenchyma were determined to be sarcoid reactions secondary to lung cancer, since there was no evidence of sarcoidosis. Combination chemotherapy was effective for the tumor, and the granulomas disappeared after completion of the chemotherapy. These findings suggest the presence of a relationship between sarcoid reactions and lung cancer in this case.
- Lung cancer
- Noncaseating epithelioid cell granuloma
- Sarcoid reaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine