Pancreatic cancer presenting with pulmonary cannonball lesions

Balraj Singh, Sydney Fasulo, Parminder Kaur, Beenish Faheen, Sarah Ayad, Sachin Gupta, Michael Maroules

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Cannonball lesions are numerous, well-circumscribed, round pulmonary lesions and may be identified on plain radiograph or advanced imaging. This morphology can be associated with infectious causes, rheumatologic disease and metastatic disease. Classically, when cannonball lesions are associated with metastatic disease, they are seen in renal cell carcinoma and choriocarcinoma. We report a case of a 62-year-old Middle Eastern male who presented with shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue and was found to have bilateral multiple pulmonary cannonball lesions and mass in the pancreas. Biopsy of one the lung lesions was consistent with pancreatic cancer. Our case adds to the limited literature available regarding cannonball lung lesions in the setting of pancreatic cancer. Health care providers should be aware of the various etiologies of cannonball lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1179-1182
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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