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.

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.

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.


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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Such damage could be a sign or symptom of an underlying condition such as diabetes mellitus, a brain tumour, a Pancoast tumour affecting the apex of the lung, or diseases which cause weakness in muscles or nerve damage, such as myasthenia gravis or oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy.
Mother Trudi Endersby was 38 when she was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer called Pancoast tumour, which is caused by smoking and is inoperable.