Pneumonia, lung cancer or Medlar's core?

Respir Med Case Rep. 2015 Sep 3:16:92-4. doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2015.08.009. eCollection 2015.


Here, we report a case of 57-year-old previously healthy man with six-months medical history of significant chronic cough and recurring episodes of fever. Cytology, bacteria, fungi and acid fast bacilli in the sputum were negative. CT scan, initially interpreted as suspected lung cancer, detected by chest x-ray, revealed pneumonia. Bronchoscopy is frequently necessary for the diagnosis as well as the treatment as a routine practice and in this case was applied. Our patient underwent to fiberoptic rigid bronchoscopy in the right upper lobe in general anaesthesia. Unexpectedly, a vegetal FB, Medlar's core instead a tumor, was removed. After two-months follow-up the patient was found healthy without any old or other symptoms.

Keywords: Fiberoptic rigid bronchoscopy; Lung cancer; Medlar's core; Pneumonia.

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