A 67 year old male presents with worsening left shoulder and arm pains.
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Describe and interpret this CXR and CT chest
There is infiltration of the left apex with a large soft tissue mass with rib destruction/invasion.
Lung fields appear over-inflated consistent with COPD.
CT confirms the presence of an invasive tumour with clavicle, 1st and 2nd rib destruction.
This is a left sided Pancoast tumour.
In some circumstances surgery is possible with Pancoast tumour – usually a lobectomy and some rib / chest wall resection.
MRI is very useful at informing the degree of any soft tissue invasion.
Otherwise, adequate analgesia to cover the local and neuropathic pain (brachial plexus invasion) with radiotherapy, is indicated for symptom control.