The Japanese journal of surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 459–461 | Cite as

Lung cancer coexisting with bullae

  • Ryu Koike
  • Manabu Sasaki
  • Katsuhiko Kuroda
Case Reports


Scattered reports have suggested the association of cancer with bullous disease. We report herein, two surgical cases of lung cancer arising from bullae. Both the patients were males who smoked heavily and the generation of cancer was found simultaneously with the discovery of the bulla. At thoracotomy, it was found that the cancer had arisen from the firm, scarred and contracted area adjacent to the bulla wall. On the basis of this experience and review of the literature, it is suggested that physicians should always pay careful attention to the generation and complication of cancer while treating bullous disease in heavy smoking individuals.

Key Words

lung cancer pulmonary bulla 


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© The Japan Surgical Society 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryu Koike
    • 1
  • Manabu Sasaki
    • 1
  • Katsuhiko Kuroda
    • 1
  1. 1.The Department of Thoracic SurgeryHirakata Municipal HospitalHirakatashi, OsakaJapan

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