An unusual case of thymic carcinoma with endobronchial metastases manifesting as centrilobular opacities

Hung Wen Kao, Cheng Ping Yu, Ching Tzao, Wen Chiung Lin, Hsian He Hsu, Cheng Yu Chen

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We report a case of a 75-year-old man having unusual manifestation of thymic carcinoma associated with endobronchial metastases. To our knowledge, endobronchial metastases secondary to thymic carcinoma has not been reported in the literature. On high-resolution computed tomograms, the tree-in-bud centrilobular opacities caused by metastatic cells accumulating within the small bronchioles is indistinguishable from that caused by inflammatory process. Thus, in patients with thymic carcinoma and persistent tree-in-bud centrilobular opacities, endobronchial metastatic disease should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-240
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Computed tomography
  • Lung
  • Metastasis
  • Thymic carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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