Cytopathologic findings in pulmonary blastoma.


Journal Article

The exfoliative cytologic description of a pulmonary blastoma is reported. The debated histogenesis of these tumors is briefly reviewed. A review of all case reports recording cytopathology findings indicates that these rare tumors yield diagnostic cells in only a minority of cases. In the present case, as in previous reports, only the epithelial component (carcinoma) was recognized prior to the histopathologic diagnosis. The stromal cells were less numerous and not as conspicuous as the epithelial cells. The diagnosis of pulmonary blastoma should be considered whenever nonsquamous carcinomatous cells plus a separate population of smaller malignant cells are seen in a pulmonary cytology specimen.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Spahr, J; Draffin, RM; Johnston, WW

Published Date

  • November 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 454 - 459

PubMed ID

  • 295162

Pubmed Central ID

  • 295162

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-5547


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland