Introduction. Lymphangitis carcinomatosa describes a condition of diffuse infiltration of the lymphatics of both the lungs by malignant cells. Pulmonary lymphangitic carcinomatosis (PLC) is a metastatic lung disease characterised by the diffuse infiltration and obstruction of the pulmonary parenchymal. The malignant pulmonary embolization syndromes, pulmonary tumor emboli and lymphangitic carcinomatosis, are associated with a poor.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Case 4 Case 4. Respiratory system examination was normal. Lymphangitis carcinomatosa describes a condition of diffuse infiltration of the lymphatics of both the lungs by malignant cells.

Read it at Google Books – Find it at Amazon. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Further study of nebulization chemotherapy, a new chemotherapeutic method in the treatment of lung carcinomas: Case 6 Case 6. Indian J Radiol Imaging ;9: It may also occur during the evolution of a growth, which has already been identified during life, in which case diagnosis becomes relatively easier [ 1 ].

Lymphangitis carcinomatosa may show the presence of Kerley B lines on chest X-ray. In this article we review the clinical presentation and the diagnostic methods. Synonyms or Alternate Spellings: Lymphangitis carcinomatosa is inflammation of the lymph vessels lymphangitis caused by a malignancy.


A helpful mnemonic for lymphangitic carcinomatosis is sometimes used for its common causes.

Lymphangitis Carcinomatosa: Report of a Case and Review of Literature

Case 10 Case How to cite this URL: Lung parenchyma with dilated lymphatic channels filled with malignant appearing cells suggestive of metastatic adenocarcinoma.

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Lymphangitic spread of metastatic cancer to the lung. None, Conflict of Interest: Published online Mar 5. Unfortunately up to a quarter of patients with subsequently established lymphangitic carcinomatosis have normal chest x-rays 2.

No single radiographic change is diagnostic, but the combination of abnormalities is sufficiently characteristic to suggest the diagnosis in about half the cases.

Lymphangitis carcinomatosa

A computerized tomography CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis revealed thickening lymphangigis the distal stomach with peri-gastric nodes. The first states that there is haematogenous metastasis producing obliterative endarteritis and then tumor cells subsequently egress through vascular walls into the perivascular lymphatics.

This results in a prominent definition of the secondary pulmonary lobules, manifesting as tessellating polygons. Case 3 Case 3.

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Case 7 Case 7. Distribution of changes is variable, but most are asymmetric and patchy 3. The diagnosis rests on a high index of suspicion in the setting of progressive respiratory failure. Considerations include a differential for that of thickened interlobular septawith common entities comprising of 1, Check for errors and try again.


Pulmonary lymphangitic carcinomatosis from occult stomach carcinoma in young adults: There are two theories as to how this condition occurs. J Carcinomattosa Coll Surg Edinb. Case 8 Case 8. Support Center Support Center. Radiological appearances of lymphangitis carcinomatsa of the lung.

Her general condition did not permit evaluation by CT chest or endoscopy. Ramakrishnan Ayloor Seshadri, Phone: She had to be intubated and supported with mechanical ventilation due to progressive respiratory failure.

Lymphangitis Carcinomatosa: Report of a Case and Review of Literature

Sputum culture showed growth of Klebsiella Pneumoniae for which appropriate antibiotic cover was initiated.

J R Soc Med ; Nodular shadows are most commonly seen but diffuse shadows, hilar lymphadenopathy and pleural effusion are additional findings [ 4 ]. Thickening of the bronchovascular interstitium is usually irregular and carcinimatosa, with changes seen extending towards the hilum 4. Pathology of the lung, 3 d ed. Previously, the finding of lymphangitis carcinomatosis meant about a six-month life expectancy.

Arterial blood gas analysis was suggestive of Type I respiratory failure.

There was no ascites, jaundice, palpable cervical nodes or pelvic deposits. Lymphangitis carcinomatosa carcinomayosa a term introduced by Troisier in to describe diffuse infiltration of the lymphatics of both the lungs by malignant cells.