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Pulmonary Blastoma

  • Shanda Blackmon
  • Philip T. Cagle
  • Timothy C. Allen
  • Dina R. Mody
  • Armando E. Fraire
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Abstract

A rare malignant tumor of the lung, pulmonary blastoma refers to peripherally located tumors of adult patients, variably composed of primitive (“fetal”) adenocarcinomatous components, with or without an associated sarcomatoid component. This primitive fetal component recapitulates a phase in the embryonic development of the lung and this is the reason for this tumor being referred to as a blastoma, in a manner similar to the blastomas of the kidney and other anatomical sites. There is also a remarkable similarity of this primitive epithelium to secretory endometrium justifying the name “endometrioid” for these tumors.

Keywords

Embryonic Development Anatomical Site Fetal Lung Remarkable Similarity Adult Type 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shanda Blackmon
    • 1
  • Philip T. Cagle
    • 2
  • Timothy C. Allen
    • 3
  • Dina R. Mody
    • 4
  • Armando E. Fraire
    • 5
  1. 1.The Methosdist HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Weill Medical College, The Methodist Hospital, Cornell UniversityHoustonUSA
  3. 3.The University of Texas Health Science Center at TylerTylerUSA
  4. 4.Weill Medical College, The Methodist Hospital, Cornell UniversityHoustonUSA
  5. 5.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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