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EML4-ALK-Positive Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma with an Unusual Metastatic Pattern: A Case Report

Stefan Diem, Martin Früh, Regulo Rodriguez, Peter Liechti & Christian Rothermundt

abstract

BACKGROUND
Non-small cell adenocarcinoma is a frequent tumour entity with a high mortality. Insight into molecular mechanisms has led to the development of promising therapeutic options, which improve the prognosis of affected patients. There are only a few reports on molecular tumour subtypes and clinical presentation of the disease. We present the case of a patient with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive adenocarcinoma of the lung with an unusual metastatic pattern.

CONCLUSION
The metastatic pattern of non-small cell lung cancer with ALK translocation may be different from other lung cancers. An uncommon clinical presentation may sensitize treating physicians to perform corresponding molecular testing in order to offer the best treatment options.
   
citation Diem S, Früh M, Rodriguez R, Liechti P, Rothermundt C. EML4-ALK-Positive Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma with an Unusual Metastatic Pattern: A Case Report. Case Rep Oncol 2013; 6:316-9.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 13-06-2013
journal title Case Rep Oncol (6/2)
ISSN electronic 1662-6575
pages 316-9
PubMed 23898275
DOI 10.1159/000352086