Bronchial carcinoid tumor as a cause of recurrent pneumonia

Authors

  • Ana Rita Gomes Moreira Department of Pediatrics, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Unidade Local de Saúde de Santo António https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1246-194X
  • Catarina Carvalho Department of Pediatric Surgery, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Unidade Local de Saúde de Santo António https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6862-1108
  • Gisela Silva Department of Pediatrics, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Unidade Local de Saúde de Santo António
  • Sílvia Silva Department of Pediatrics, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil
  • Gonçalo Paupério Department of Pediatric Surgery, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8142-3934
  • Fátima Carvalho Department of Pediatric Surgery, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Unidade Local de Saúde de Santo António
  • Telma Barbosa Pediatric Pneumology Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Unidade Local de Saúde de Santo António

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v33.i2.27955

Keywords:

bronchial tumor, carcinoid tumor, lobectomy, neuroendocrine tumor, pneumonia

Abstract

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are the most common primary lung neoplasms. Clinical manifestations can be subtle, and chest radiograph usually shows non-specific findings, often leading to delayed or inaccurate diagnosis. Despite their indolent nature, NETs have metastatic potential and can cause significant morbidity. Early diagnosis is critical for optimal management, as surgical resection can be curative. The challenge is to correctly diagnose this rare entity while avoiding unnecessary testing. Patients with suspected NETs should be referred to a tertiary hospital for multidisciplinary evaluation, and bronchoscopy should not be delayed.
Herein is reported the case of an adolescent with asthma who presented with nonspecific respiratory and constitutional symptoms. The persistence of symptoms and imaging alterations despite multiple treatments for recurrent pneumonia raised clinical suspicion of a more serious underlying condition, leading to the diagnosis of bronchial NET.

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Published

2024-06-27

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Gomes Moreira AR, Carvalho C, Silva G, Silva S, Paupério G, Carvalho F, Barbosa T. Bronchial carcinoid tumor as a cause of recurrent pneumonia. REVNEC [Internet]. 2024Jun.27 [cited 2024Jul.23];33(2):133-5. Available from: https://revistas.rcaap.pt/nascercrescer/article/view/27955

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