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Chest ; 160(6): e645-e650, 2021 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1544869


CASE PRESENTATION: A 30-year-old man with a history of childhood asthma, a 15-pack-year smoking history, and methamphetamine abuse was intubated and started on mechanical ventilation because of acute hypoxic respiratory failure after experiencing progressive dyspnea and a nonproductive cough over the previous year. During the previous 3 months, he had multiple clinic visits, with chest radiographs showing diffuse, bilateral, reticulonodular opacities and small bilateral pleural effusions and was treated for community-acquired pneumonia. Testing for COVID pneumonia was negative, and he failed to respond to antimicrobial therapy. Physical examination on admission showed diffuse fine crackles bilaterally on lung auscultation. Admission laboratory test results were unremarkable.

Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , Carcinoma/diagnosis , Lung Neoplasms/diagnosis , Lymphangitis/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/pathology , Adrenal Gland Neoplasms/secondary , Adult , Biomarkers, Tumor/analysis , Carcinoma/pathology , Diagnosis, Differential , Dyspnea , Fatal Outcome , Humans , Lung Neoplasms/pathology , Lymphangitis/pathology , Lymphatic Metastasis , Male , Neoplasm Invasiveness , Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Cancer Res Treat ; 53(3): 650-656, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1403959


PURPOSE: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread worldwide rapidly and patients with cancer have been considered as a vulnerable group for this infection. This study aimed to examine the expressions of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) in tumor tissues of six common cancer types. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The expression levels of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 in tumors and control samples were obtained from online databases. Survival prognosis and biological functions of these genes were investigated for each tumor type. RESULTS: There was the overexpression of ACE2 in colon and stomach adenocarcinomas compared to controls, meanwhile colon and prostate adenocarcinomas showed a significantly higher expression of TMPRSS2. Additionally, survival prognosis analysis has demonstrated that upregulation of ACE2 in liver hepatocellular carcinoma was associated with higher overall survival (hazard ratio, 0.65; p=0.016) and disease-free survival (hazard ratio, 0.66; p=0.007), while overexpression of TMPRSS2 was associated with a 26% reduced risk of death in lung adenocarcinoma (p=0.047) but 50% increased risk of death in breast invasive carcinoma (p=0.015). CONCLUSION: There is a need to take extra precautions for COVID-19 in patients with colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, and lung cancer. Further information on other types of cancer at different stages should be investigated.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/genetics , COVID-19/diagnosis , Neoplasms/diagnosis , Neoplasms/genetics , Serine Endopeptidases/genetics , Adenocarcinoma/complications , Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/epidemiology , Adenocarcinoma/genetics , Breast Neoplasms/complications , Breast Neoplasms/diagnosis , Breast Neoplasms/epidemiology , Breast Neoplasms/genetics , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/genetics , Case-Control Studies , Databases as Topic , Female , Gastrointestinal Neoplasms/complications , Gastrointestinal Neoplasms/diagnosis , Gastrointestinal Neoplasms/epidemiology , Gastrointestinal Neoplasms/genetics , Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic , Genetic Predisposition to Disease , Humans , Liver Neoplasms/complications , Liver Neoplasms/diagnosis , Liver Neoplasms/epidemiology , Liver Neoplasms/genetics , Lung Neoplasms/complications , Lung Neoplasms/diagnosis , Lung Neoplasms/epidemiology , Lung Neoplasms/genetics , Male , Mutation , Neoplasms/complications , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Pandemics , Prognosis , Prostatic Neoplasms/complications , Prostatic Neoplasms/diagnosis , Prostatic Neoplasms/epidemiology , Prostatic Neoplasms/genetics , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Survival Analysis
Ann R Coll Surg Engl ; 103(7): e227-e230, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1320541


Adenocarcinoma of the bladder is a rare form of malignancy accounting for fewer than 2% of bladder tumours. It is most commonly a result of direct invasion from prostatic, rectal or gynaecological primaries and less commonly presents from distant haematological or lymphatic metastasis. We report a rare case of oesophageal carcinoma metastasising to the bladder. It involves a 71-year-old man with progressive dysphagia and diagnostic computerised tomography findings of thickening in the oesophagus, bladder and common bile duct. Subsequent endoscopic biopsies of the oesophageal and bladder abnormalities showed immunohistochemical features consistent with upper gastrointestinal malignancy. This report aims to add to current clinical evidence of this route of metastasis and also highlight some of the key markers used by pathologists in interpretation of specimens. It also emphasises the essential role of a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis of such rare conditions.

Adenocarcinoma/pathology , Deglutition Disorders/etiology , Esophageal Neoplasms/pathology , Hydronephrosis/diagnosis , Urinary Bladder Neoplasms/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/complications , Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/therapy , Aged , Biopsy , Cystoscopy , Esophageal Neoplasms/complications , Esophageal Neoplasms/diagnosis , Esophageal Neoplasms/therapy , Esophagus/diagnostic imaging , Esophagus/pathology , Humans , Hydronephrosis/etiology , Male , Palliative Care , Terminal Care , Urinary Bladder/diagnostic imaging , Urinary Bladder/pathology , Urinary Bladder Neoplasms/secondary , Urinary Bladder Neoplasms/therapy , Weight Loss
Ann Thorac Surg ; 113(4): e243-e245, 2022 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1293575


A 65-year-old woman was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer in 2020 and scheduled for robotic assisted-left upper lobectomy. Unfortunately, the patient contracted symptomatic COVID-19, resulting in postponement of lung resection. She was admitted for surgery 6 weeks after the acute infection. A preoperative computed tomographic scan showed widespread interstitial pneumonitis. However, the operation went ahead given concerns over tumor progression, albeit with a lesser resection to preserve lung tissue because the patient was slightly hypoxic. Her postoperative recovery was uneventful, and she was discharged 5 days later. Final histology confirmed a fully resected stage T1c N0 M0 adenocarcinoma of the lung.

Adenocarcinoma , COVID-19 , Lung Neoplasms , Pneumonia , Adenocarcinoma/complications , Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/surgery , Aged , Female , Humans , Lung Neoplasms/pathology , Pneumonectomy/methods , Pneumonia/surgery
J. coloproctol. (Rio J., Impr.) ; 41(2): 210-214, June 2021. ilus
Article in English | WHO COVID, LILACS (Americas) | ID: covidwho-1258615


Abstract Jejunal adenocarcinoma is a rare type of primary small bowelmalignancy. It is generally diagnosed at late stages and as a surgical finding, with abdominal pain or discomfort being the main associated symptom. Cases presenting with perforation are even rarer, especially without disseminated disease. The relationship between cancer and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still being studied, as well as the postsurgical evolution of COVID-19 patients and its possible causality of intestinal perforation. We present the case of a perforated jejunal adenocarcinoma in a COVID-19-positive patient, in whom the symptomatology secondary to the perforation led to an early diagnosis, treatment and adequate postsurgical evolution, despite the concomitant condition.

Resumo O adenocarcinoma jejunal é um tipo raro de malignidade primária do intestino delgado, o qual geralmente é diagnosticado em estágios tardios e como achado cirúrgico, sendo a dor ou o desconforto abdominal o principal sintoma associado. Casos que apresentam perfuração são ainda mais raros, principalmente sem doença disseminada. A relação entre câncer e a cornonavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) ainda está sendo estudada, assim como a evolução pós-cirúrgica de pacientes com covid-19 e sua possível causalidade de perfuração intestinal. Apresentamos o caso de um adenocarcinoma jejunal perfurado em um paciente positivo para covid-19, em que a sintomatologia secundária à perfuração levou a um diagnóstico precoce, tratamento e evolução pós-cirúrgica adequada, apesar da condição concomitante.

Humans , Female , Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , COVID-19 , Intestinal Perforation , Adenocarcinoma/surgery , Intestinal Neoplasms
BMJ Case Rep ; 13(12)2020 Dec 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1020885


A 67-year-old man presented to his general practitioner with intermittent episodes of unilateral sciatica over a 2-month period for which he was referred for an outpatient MRI of his spine. This evidenced a significant lumbar vertebral mass that showed tight canal stenosis and compression of the cauda equina. The patient was sent to the emergency department for management by orthopaedic surgeons. He was mobilising independently, pain free on arrival and without neurological deficit on assessment. Clinically, this patient presented with no red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome or reason to suspect malignancy. In these circumstances, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines do not support radiological investigation of the spine outside of specialist services. However, in this case, investigation helped deliver urgent care for cancer that otherwise may have been delayed. This leads to the question, do the current guidelines meet clinical requirements?

Adenocarcinoma/diagnosis , Cauda Equina Syndrome/diagnosis , Prostatic Neoplasms/diagnosis , Spinal Neoplasms/complications , Spinal Stenosis/diagnosis , Adenocarcinoma/complications , Adenocarcinoma/secondary , Adenocarcinoma/therapy , Aged , Cauda Equina/diagnostic imaging , Cauda Equina Syndrome/blood , Cauda Equina Syndrome/etiology , Cauda Equina Syndrome/therapy , Chemoradiotherapy/methods , Humans , Image-Guided Biopsy , Kallikreins/blood , Lumbar Vertebrae/diagnostic imaging , Lumbar Vertebrae/pathology , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Male , Palliative Care/methods , Prostate/diagnostic imaging , Prostate/pathology , Prostate-Specific Antigen/blood , Prostatic Neoplasms/blood , Prostatic Neoplasms/pathology , Prostatic Neoplasms/therapy , Spinal Neoplasms/blood , Spinal Neoplasms/diagnosis , Spinal Neoplasms/secondary , Spinal Stenosis/etiology , Spinal Stenosis/therapy , Ultrasonography, Interventional