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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2021, 9(1), 1-3
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-9-1-1
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A Lung Abscess on CT Scan: Think of Lung Cancer

Bailey Christie1 and Chukwuemeka A. Umeh2,

1Boston University School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts, USA

2Department of Internal Medicine, Hemet Valley Medical Center, Hemet, California, USA

Pub. Date: October 14, 2020

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Bailey Christie and Chukwuemeka A. Umeh. A Lung Abscess on CT Scan: Think of Lung Cancer. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2021; 9(1):1-3. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-9-1-1


Background: Lung cancer can be present with lung abscess in up to a third of lung abscess cases. However, lung cancer is often overlooked as an underlying condition while making a diagnosis of lung abscess. Case report: The authors present a case of a 69-year-old male that experienced a syncopal episode, accompanied by productive cough and shortness of breath. Lung abscess was diagnosed, and the patient was placed on antibiotics with no improvement in the cough after a week. Additional tests were performed, and latent squamous cell carcinoma was discovered. Conclusion: Since lung cancer can masquerade as lung abscess, physicians should have a high suspicion for lung cancer whenever there is a radiographic diagnosis of lung abscess, especially in patients with risk factors for lung cancer.

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