So-called minute chemodectoma of the lung. An electron microscopic and immunohistochemical study

Virchows Arch A Pathol Anat Histopathol. 1990;417(2):113-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02190528.


So-called minute pulmonary chemodectoma is a curious, small lung tumour found mainly in women. The nature and origin of the proliferating cells are still obscure. In the first report on the tumour, the component cells were described as resembling chemoreceptor cells and the tumour was named chemodectoma. However, electron microscopic studies of the tumour have revealed no evidence of neuronal characteristics and have shown a close resemblance to meningothelial cells. In this study, the electron microscopic findings were similar to those previously reported but in one of the two cases, tumour cells were filled with abundant cytofilaments, giving them an occasional dense, patch-like appearance. Immunostaining for myosin and vimentin was positive in all tumour cells, but epithelial membrane antigen staining was not seen. These findings indicate that the tumour might have its origin from muscle cells.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lung Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Lung Neoplasms / ultrastructure*
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / metabolism
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / ultrastructure*
  • Tolonium Chloride


  • Tolonium Chloride