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Lung tumor

Other malignancies

Pulmonary blastoma

Reviewer: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 16 June 2014, last major update September 2012
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● Rare tumor composed of mixture of immature epithelial and mesenchymal tissue resembling fetal lung tissue
● Also called embryoma
● Usually adults (mean age 43 years), 20% occur in patients < age 20 years
● Metastases common
● 2/3 die within 2 years
● See also pleuropulmonary blastoma - cystic tumor of pleura and lung

Case reports

● 16 year old boy with biphasic tumor (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2002;126:875)
● 16 year old girl (Case Report Med 2012;2012:471613)

Gross description

● Peripheral, solitary, well circumscribed, large

Micro description

● Biphasic tumor in which epithelial and mesenchymal components have a primitive, “fetal-type” appearance
● Well formed tubular glands surrounded by cellular stroma of “embryonal” appearance
● Resembles Wilms' tumor and fetal lung at 10-16 weeks
● Glandular cells are tall, columnar, often with clear cytoplasm and subnuclear and supranuclear cytoplasmic vacuoles
● Morules with ground-glass nuclei are common
● Stroma may differentiate towards striated muscle, smooth muscle, cartilage
● In infants/children, epithelial component is benign appearing or minimal

Micro images

Biphasic tumor

Positive stains

● PAS (glycogen in epithelial cells)

Molecular description

● CTNNB1 mutation (J Clin Pathol 2011;64:349)

End of Lung tumor > Other malignancies > Pulmonary blastoma

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