Chest wall implantation of lung cancer after thin-needle aspiration biopsy

Alan E. Seyfer, Douglas S. Walsh, Geoffrey M. Graeber, Ismael N. Nuno, Arn H. Eliasson

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Percutaneous aspirational biopsy of intrathoracic lesions has become a popular technique. One of the rarest complications is that of implantation of malignant cells within the needle tract and subsequent development of a chest wall mass. A case of chest wall implantation of adenocarcinoma of the lung after thin-needle biopsy is reported. The lesion was successfully treated with radical full-thickness excision of the chest wall and immediate reconstruction with a large rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-286
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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