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Pneumopathie infiltrante diffuse et cancer du pancréas : présentation de deux cas [Interstitial lung disease and pancreatic cancer: Series of two cases]

Abstract : Introduction - Pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until at a metastatic stage at which point the prognosis is very poor. Pulmonary metastases are pleomorphic, often present at the time of diagnosis and can lead to the discovery of an asymptomatic primary disease.

Case report - We describe two cases aged 60 and 74 years, where imaging identified what was thought to be an interstitial lung disease but which was actually metastasis from pancreatic cancer. In the first case, CT showed multiple excavated pulmonary nodules but the presentation with medullary compression led rapidly to pathological diagnosis on bone lesions. In the second patient, a history of rheumatoid arthritis and the lack of abdominal symptoms led to an initial search for disease related to the rheumatoid disease. Histopathology, from lung and bone biopsies, enabled a correct diagnosis to be achieved.

Conclusion - Where atypical interstitial lung disease occurs, biopsy should be considered in order not to delay a diagnosis of cancer, especially pancreatic cancer.

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A. Heraudeau, C. Ricordel, A. Sale, M. Lederlin, M. Kerjouan, et al.. Pneumopathie infiltrante diffuse et cancer du pancréas : présentation de deux cas [Interstitial lung disease and pancreatic cancer: Series of two cases]. Revue des Maladies Respiratoires, Elsevier Masson, 2018, 35 (1), pp.78-82. ⟨10.1016/j.rmr.2017.10.009⟩. ⟨hal-01730277⟩

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