Liver metastasis nineteen years after surgery for typical bronchial carcinoid

Hepatogastroenterology. 1999 Sep-Oct;46(29):2961-4.


A resected case of metastatic liver carcinoid is presented. A 62 year-old woman, who had undergone removal of a typical bronchial carcinoid 19 years before, was found to have a well-defined, oval hepatic tumor on ultrasonography. The resected specimen was a hard and solid tumor, which was microscopically diagnosed as a carcinoid. Histological review of the previously resected lung tumor revealed that the liver tumor was a metastasis from the primary bronchial carcinoid. The patient is alive without recurrence 42 months after hepatectomy. This case suggests that typical bronchial carcinoid, a slowly growing tumor, may metastasize to distant sites after many years, and that re-excision of metastatic lesions may prolong survival time.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoid Tumor / pathology
  • Carcinoid Tumor / secondary*
  • Carcinoid Tumor / surgery
  • Female
  • Hepatectomy*
  • Humans
  • Liver / pathology
  • Liver Neoplasms / pathology
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Liver Neoplasms / surgery
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Reoperation