Solitary pulmonary metastasis of pancreatic cancer presenting a thin-walled cavity

Katsunari Matsuoka, Mitsuhiro Ueda, Yoshihiro Miyamoto


Because the prognosis of the patients with pancreatic cancer is very poor, there are few opportunities to perform surgery for pulmonary metastasis. Here we report the resection of a solitary pulmonary metastasis from pancreatic cancer, appearing as thin-walled cavity, which appeared 5 years after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Although the present patient underwent incomplete resection because of malignant pleural effusion and pleural dissemination, he is currently still alive without evident recurrence at 18 months after surgery.


Pancreatic Cancer; Pulmonary; Metastasis; Cavity; Solitary

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