Pancoast tumor

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Pan·coast tu·mor

any carcinoma of the lung apex causing the Pancoast syndrome by invasion or compression of the brachial plexus and stellate ganglion.
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Pancoast tumor

Pulmonary sulcus tumor Oncology A non-small cell lung CA arising in the upper lung, which extends to adjacent tissues–eg, ribs, vertebrae, etc. See Non-small cell lung CA, Pancoast syndrome.
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Pancoast tumor

A tumor (usually from lung cancer) that spreads from the superior pulmonary sulcus into the brachial plexus and cervical sympathetic chain, producing Pancoast's syndrome.
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Henry Khunrath, U.S. radiologist, 1875-1939.
Pancoast syndrome - lower trunk brachial plexopathy and Horner syndrome due to malignant tumor in the region of the superior pulmonary sulcus. Synonym(s): Hare syndrome
Pancoast tumor - adenocarcinoma of a lung apex causing Pancoast syndrome. Synonym(s): superior pulmonary sulcus tumor
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DISCUSSION: Pancoast syndrome arises in nearly all cases of malignant tumors, mainly superior sulcus tumors (Pancoast tumors), which represents a subset of bronchial carcinomas that occur in ]the apex of the lung and frequently invade the first two or three ribs, the nearby vertebral bodies, the lower part of the brachial plexus, the subclavian vessels, and the stellate ganglion.
Pulmonary needle aspiration biopsy in the diagnosis of Pancoast tumors. Radiology 1974;111(1):99-102.
Further tests found bilateral pancoast tumors. We learned that high doses of intravenous vitamin C can reverse lung cancer if given in a timely fashion, but there had been enough time passage for metastasis to occur.