Huge typical pulmonary carcinoid presented with gigantism syndrome

Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Feb;69(2):371-374. doi: 10.1007/s11748-020-01445-9. Epub 2020 Jul 28.


A 27-year-old male patient presented with cough and right-sided, light thoracic pain. His physical appearance showed typical features of gigantism. Subsequently, further diagnostic work-up showed elevated level of growth hormone and a huge tumor of the right lung, identifying a typical pulmonary carcinoid tumor (TPCT). Curative surgery was performed leading to normalization of the elevated growth hormone levels few days after surgery. Two- and five-year follow-up showed no signs of recurrence. Respected to tumor size, we determined the largest TPCT to be reported in medical literature history.

Keywords: Gigantism; Lung cancer; Typical pulmonary carcinoid.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carcinoid Tumor* / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoid Tumor* / surgery
  • Gigantism*
  • Humans
  • Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local