Caceres’ Corner: Case No. 47 (Update: Solution)

Dear Friends,

In the best Christmas spirit, Muppet is presenting a nice case. These radiographs belong to an 86-year-old lady who came to the emergency room with chest pain. Pulmonary nodules were visible. What would be your diagnosis?


PA chest, 86-year-old woman

lateral chest, 86-year-old woman

1. Metastases
2. Granulomas
3. Bronchioalveolar carcinoma
4. Lymphoma

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    11 Responses to : Caceres’ Corner: Case No. 47 (Update: Solution)

    1. Albert says:

      Multiple bilateral randomly distributed dense nodules and mediastinal- hilar adenopathies.
      There is a cervical air-fluid level related with a mass effect which desplaces anteriorly the trachea. First I thought it could be a Zenker diverticulum, but it seems to continue with the enlarged mediastinum, so it might be the esophagus itself.

      I would initially think of pulmonary mets from an esophageal neoplasm.

    2. Genchi Bari Italia says:

      Il radiogramma in AP e LL fa vedere il “famoso” livello idro-aereo alla base del collo, con opacità di massa , omogeneamente opaca, che sospinge in avanti la trachea e la impronta posteriormente.La dislocazione della trachea continua a livello intra-toracico ove si osserva la scomparsa dello spazio chiaro retrosternale, sempre per una massa “bulging.like”. Opacità micronodulari, sfumate, in entrambi i campi polmonari.La sede del livello idro-aereo è l’esofago cervicale, ma la causa del livello mi sembra estrinseca , come di natura adenopatica.La prima ipotesi è per linfoma, ma vorrei sapere lo stato delle mammelle che non si vedono bene( in involuzione sclero-atrofica senile-Mastectomia?In questultimo caso cambierebbe la diagnosi in metastasi e linfangite carcinomatosa polmonare).

      • Jose Caceres says:

        No breast surgery. Since I like you ( Dr. Pepe does too) will add some information: nodules were present and unchanged in a previous study, taken one year earlier

    3. Xose says:

      Merry Christmas Dr. Pepe and family.
      Nodules seem very dense. Some might contain calcifications. I’ll go with granulomas, specially after Dr. Cáceres’ clues.
      The cervical mass can be a Zenker diverticulum.

    4. daca says:

      Additional information helped, my choice is definitely granulomas, otherwise I would say lymphoma.
      Thank you and Happy New Year.

    5. Dr Strangelove says:

      There is diffuse esophageal dilatation and pulmonary nodules. Albert´s diagnosis (esophageal cancer and mets) sounds good. But now we know that pulmonary nodules have been stable for one year. There is another tip by muppet from a previous case:
      “Muppet offers additional information: in achalasia, oesophageal contents may be colonised by nontuberculous Mycobacteria. In a patient with achalasia with chronic pulmonary infiltrates think of infection by nontuberculous Mycobacteria.”
      So, I also choose granulomas.

    6. Genchi Bari Italia says:

      Grazie per tutte le informazioni dei colleghi e dell’illustre Professore….Se c’è acalasia esofagea, questa comporta come complicanza infettiva, quella di saprofiti dell’esofago: moniliasi e candidosi.La virulentazione di questi saprofiti, determina sovrainfezione polmonare , con aspetto ” granulomatoso”.Poichè l ‘acalasia è una condizione cronica, questo spiega la “cronicità” dei granulomi fungini a livello polmonare.

    7. Mechris says:

      Although Clinically there is no constitutional symptoms such as productive cough,fever and weight loss typical for tuberculosis.bilateral nodular opacities ,hilar adenopathy.still will go for granuloma.

    8. Herb Kaufman says:

      Dr. Caceres:

      Still enjoying your cases and encouraging the residents at the hospital where I lecture to log in to your web site.

      I have been unable to find much on aspiration-related granuloma formation (ie, other than aspiration secondary to bacteria,fungi, etc.) If you have any reference, I would greatly appreciate it.

      With continued appreciation for the teaching cases,

      Herb Kaufman

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