Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 512–514 | Cite as

Brain nodules with lung mass: are they always metastases?

  • Sandra JorcanoEmail author
  • Blanca Farrús
  • Teresa Pujol
  • Eugenia Verger
  • Jordi Marruecos
  • Carlos Conill
Case Reports


In a smoking adult with a lung mass, brain masses are usually diagnosed as brain metastases of lung origin. Nevertheless, differential diagnosis between cerebral abscesses cannot be performed based on clinical symptoms or imaging technologies, and histological diagnosis is essential. This case illustrates the advisability of always obtaining histological diagnosis of the primary tumor and/or cerebral lesion before introducing any oncological treatment.


Brain nodules Brain metastases Brain abscess Whole-brain radiotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Jorcano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Blanca Farrús
    • 1
  • Teresa Pujol
    • 2
  • Eugenia Verger
    • 1
  • Jordi Marruecos
    • 1
  • Carlos Conill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyHospital Clínic Universitari IDIBAPS (Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi I Sunyer)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyHospital Clínic Universitari IDIBAPS (Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi I Sunyer)BarcelonaSpain

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