Case report of pulmonary sarcoidosis suspected to be pulmonary metastasis in a patient with breast cancer

Hye Sook Kim, Suk young Lee, Sang Cheul Oh, Chul Won Choi, Jun Suk Kim, Jae Hong Seo

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Abstract

Standard endocrine therapy and chemotherapy can induce long-term remission in breast cancer patients; however, breast cancer can recur at any site. Pulmonary nodules with lymphadenopathy in advanced cancer patients are likely to be assumed as metastases. A 44-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer was presented to our institution with abnormal findings on 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging, which suggested lung metastasis. She had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer (T1N2M0, Stage IIIa, intraductal carcinoma, triple negative cancer). Histological analysis of the mediastinal lymph node biopsy demonstrated sarcoidosis, showing a chronic, non-caseating, granulomatous inflammation. Our case highlights the need for non-malignant diagnoses in those with prior malignancies, and the need for histological evaluations in the event of first recurrence following potentially curative therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-321
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Breast neoplasms
  • Neoplasm metastasis
  • Positron-emission tomography
  • Sarcoidosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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