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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-56

Pulmonary blastoma :a case report and review of chemotherapy experience.


Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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A Sharma
Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Pulmonary blastoma is a rare primary malignant lung neoplasm, compared of immature mesenchymal and or epithelium which is morphologically similar to fetal lung tissue. Till date, less than 100 cases have been reported. The rarity of tumour has precluded focussed clinical trials hence no consensus exists regarding treatment of these patients. Most people have used surgery as the primary modality but both chemotherapy and radiation therapy have been used for adjuvant and for metastatic disease. The patient described here presented with secondaries to the contralateral lung, an unusual presentation. Following diagnostic thoracotomy, he has been given four cycles of chemotherapy comprising of Cisplatin and Etoposide to which he has shown good partial response. We conclude that cisplatin based chemotherapy is effective in pulmonary blastoma, however,its role needs to be further evaluated.


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