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December 2017 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Lewis J. Wesselius, MD1

Michael B. Gotway, MD2


Departments of 1Pulmonary Medicine and 2Radiology

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA


History of Present Illness

A 52-year-old woman from Iowa sought a second opinion for a left hilar mass. She travels to Phoenix regularly to visit family. She began feeling ill in late 2016 with cough and sputum production and was treated with multiple courses of antibiotics without improvement.

PMH, SH and FH

Past medical history is unremarkable. She is a nonsmoker. FH is noncontributory.

Physical Examination

Physical examination was normal.


In March of this year she had chest radiograph in Phoenix which suggested left hilar adenopathy. A thoracic CT scan was performed (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Representative images from the thoracic CT scan in lung windows (A-E) and soft tissue windows (F).

Which of the following are diagnostic considerations? (Click on the correct answer to procced to the second of seven pages)

  1. Lung cancer  
  2. Lymphoma
  3. Sarcoidosis
  4. Tuberculosis
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Wesselius LJ, Gotway MB. December 2017 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2017;15(6):232-40. doi: PDF

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