So-called "minute pulmonary chemodectoma": a tumor not related to paragangliomas

Cancer. 1976 Apr;37(4):1759-69. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(197604)37:4<1759::aid-cncr2820370422>;2-3.


Twenty-six cases of so-called "minute pulmonary chemodectoma" are presented. The patient population showed a marked female preponderance, and there appeared to be an association of the lesion with pulmonary injury from a variety of causes including cardiac failure, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and thromboemboli. Half the cases had multiple tumors. Microscopically, the tumors consisted of nests of cells in the interstitial tissue near small veins. Argentaffin and argyrophil stains failed to demonstrate cytoplasmic granules in any case. By electron microscopy, the nests were composed of large cells with broadly interdigitating processes connected by many well-formed desmosomes. The cytoplasm was filled with numerous 60-A filaments. The Golgi apparatus was prominent, while other organelles were sparse. No secretory granules were identified. It is concluded that the fine structure and lack of silver-positive granules are inconsistent with the morphology of previously reported paragangliomas, but that there is a resemblance at the light and electron microscopic level to meningeal arachnoed cells and the cells of meningiomas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cell Membrane / ultrastructure
  • Cell Nucleolus / ultrastructure
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Chromatin
  • Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
  • Elastic Tissue / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / complications
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitochondria / ultrastructure
  • Neoplasms, Multiple Primary
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / complications
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / pathology*


  • Chromatin