Ground-glass opacity in lung metastasis from breast cancer: A case report

Sae Byol Kim, Soohyeon Lee, Myoung Ju Koh, In Seon Lee, Chan Soo Moon, Sung Mo Jung, Young Ae Kang

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A 43-year-old woman with breast cancer who was on neoadjuvant chemotherapy presented with cough, sputum and mild fever. High-resolution computed tomography showed diffuse ground glass opacities in bilateral lungs and subpleural patchy consolidations. Initially, she was thought to have pneumonia or interstitial lung diseases such as drug-induced pneumonitis and treated with antibiotics and steroids. She subsequently got breast cancer surgery because of disease progression, and concurrent thoracoscopic lung biopsy revealed metastatic carcinoma of the lung from breast cancer. The diagnosis of suspected interstitial lung disease can be made without lung biopsy, but malignancy should always be considered and lung biopsy should be performed in the absence of a definitive clinical diagnosis. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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