Myasthenic syndrome (Eaton-Lambert syndrome) associated with pulmonary adenocarcinoma

J Surg Oncol. 1987 Apr;34(4):239-42. doi: 10.1002/jso.2930340405.


A case of a 57-year-old man who presented with the clinical features of Eaton-Lambert syndrome preceding the diagnosis of lung adenocarcinoma at autopsy by 7 years, is reported. Although myasthenic syndrome is intimately associated with pulmonary small cell carcinoma, which connotes a grave prognosis, a small percentage of the tumor can be squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma, which may be resectable. Therefore, a continued search for evidence of intrathoracic neoplasm must be pursued following manifestations of myasthenic syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Muscular Diseases / etiology
  • Muscular Diseases / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Syndrome
  • Time Factors