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Open Access Case report

Pulmonary nodular amyloidosis in a patient undergoing lobectomy: a case report

Min Liu, Sen Wei, Xin Li, Hongyu Liu, Qinghua Zhou and Jun Chen*

Author Affiliations

Department of Lung Cancer Surgery, Tianjin Lung Cancer Institute, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin 30052, China

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013, 7:248  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-248

Published: 7 November 2013

Abstract

Introduction

Pulmonary amyloidosis is rare and is often misdiagnosed due a lack of general awareness.

Case presentation

In this case report we describe a 69-year-old Chinese woman who presented with a right lower lobe pulmonary nodule. After video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy, a histopathologic diagnosis of pulmonary nodular amyloidosis was rendered. She has done well postoperatively, showing no local recurrence or distal disease in an 8-month follow-up period.

Conclusions

Distinguishing parenchymal nodular amyloidosis from a malignant lung tumor is often quite difficult. In the differential diagnosis of pulmonary nodules, nodular amyloidosis should be considered to avoid unnecessary lobectomy.

Keywords:
Amyloidosis; Differential diagnosis; Pulmonary nodules