EGFR Mutated Lung Adenocarcinoma Metastasis to the Pancreas Mimicking Primary Pancreatic Ductal Carcinoma

Can Cao, Max X Kong, Malathy Kapali, Koorosh Moezardalan, Qiuying Shi, Ali Azarm, Jinping Lai
Anticancer Research 2020, 40 (8): 4401-4404

BACKGROUND: The occurrence of lung adenocarcinoma metastasizing to the pancreas is overall rare and can histologically imitate primary pancreatic ductal carcinoma (PDAC).

CASE REPORT: This is a case report of a 70-year-old female with a history of surgically resected right lung adenocarcinoma presenting for routine follow up without symptoms. CT scans revealed a pancreatic cystic mass with ductal dilatation that was sampled via endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) and thought to be a primary pancreatic mucinous neoplasm with high grade dysplasia suspicious for carcinoma based on smear cytology. On repeat EUS-FNA and biopsy (FNB) with additional immunohistochemical testing for lung adenocarcinoma markers thyroid transcription factor (TTF1) and Napsin A and molecular testing, the lesion was identified as a metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR L858R) mutation; subsequently, the patient underwent targeted therapy that yielded an almost complete response.

CONCLUSION: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first documented case in English literature of a lung adenocarcinoma metastasis to the pancreas mimicking a pancreatic primary neoplasm and highlights the potential pitfalls of EUS-FNA for the diagnosis of certain metastases to the pancreas.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"