1Department of Pathology, General Hospital “G. Papanikolaou”, Thessaloniki, Greece; 2Department of Pneumology, General Hospital “G. Papanikolaou”, Thessaloniki, Greece; 3Department of Radiology, General Hospital “G. Papageorgiou”, Thessaloniki, Greece
Background: Papillary adenoma of the lung is a rare neoplasm with only 24 cases reported in the current literature. It occurs in individuals range in age, from 7-60 years with a male predominance and is usually detected incidentally on chest radiographs.
Objective: The report of a rare case of pulmonary papillary adenoma.
Methods: A 70-year-old male presented to our Hospital with cough and expectoration. The chest radiological examination demonstrated a nodular shadow two cm in size at the upper lobe of the left lung. Bronchoscopic lung biopsy was performed and the tissue sample was sent for histological examination.
Results: Pathology examination revealed a lesion consisting of a papillary growth pattern of cuboidal to columnar, ciliated epithelial cells lining the surface of fibrovascular cores. Occasional eosinophilic intranuclear inclusions were noted, but nuclear atypia or mitosis were almost absent. The histological features were consistent with pulmonary papillary adenoma.
Conclusions: Papillary adenoma of the lung is a benign, circumscribed papillary neoplasm (WHO 2004). Its rarity and shared histologic features of other benign and malignant tumors, such as alveolar adenoma, papillary adenocarcinomas including metastatic thyroid carcinoma, bronchoalveolar carcinoma and papillary carcinoid tumor, demand special attention for diagnosis. In our case, the pathologic criteria, such as papillary growth pattern and cytologic features, were sufficient to confirm the diagnosis of papillary adenoma of the lung.
Cite this abstract as: Baliaka A, Tryfon S, Papaemmanouil S, Cheva A, Papastergiou C, Sakkas L. Papillary adenoma of the lung: a case report. J Thorac Dis 2015;7(S1):AB026. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.AB026