Multiple Cavitary Pulmonary Metastases from Cholangiocarcinoma

Mi Young Do, Jae Ho Chung, Hee Man Kim, Seung Jin Han, Jae Min Shim, Sang Yon Hwang, Moo Suk Park, Young Sam Kim, Joon Chang, Sung Kyu Kim, Seung Woo Park, Kyu Ok Choe, Dong Hwan Shin, Se Kyu Kim

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    Because a cavitary pulmonary metastasis is rare, it may not be readily identified. However, various types of cancers can metastasize to the lung in the form of cavities. We report a case of a multiple cavitary metastases to the lung from a cholangiocarcinoma in a 60-year-old man. He complained of generalized weakness and a poor oral intake for 2 months. The plain chest radiography and the chest computed tomography showed multiple small thick-walled cavities and nodules the both lungs. A bronchoscopic examination revealed a focal irregularly elevated surface of the mucosa at the orifice of the superior segment of the right lower lobe and the biopsy demonstrated an infiltrative metastatic adenocarcinoma. The abdomen-pelvis computed tomography showed an ill-marginated and irregularly low-dense area in the right lobe of the liver and a diffuse dilatation of the peripheral intrahepatic bile ducts. The esophagogastroscopy and colonoscopy showed no abnormal findings. It was concluded that the cholangiocarcinoma of the liver metastasized to the lung in the form of cavities. Thereafter, the patient underwent six cycles of the systemic chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin, and the follow-up imaging studies showed a partial response.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)216-220
    Number of pages5
    JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb


    • Cavity
    • Cholangiocarcinoma
    • Pulmonary Metastasis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Infectious Diseases


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