Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
Print version ISSN 1806-3713
TORRES, Pedro Paulo Teixeira e Silva; CAPOBIANCO, Julia; MONTANDON JUNIOR, Marcelo Eustáquio and MEIRELLES, Gustavo Souza Portes. Aspects of bronchioloalveolar carcinoma and of adenocarcinoma with a bronchioloalveolar component: CT findings. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.2, pp. 218-225. ISSN 1806-3713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132012000200012.
Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma has various presentations and a wide spectrum of imaging patterns, as does adenocarcinoma with a bronchioloalveolar component. The objective of this essay was to describe and illustrate the CT findings that are most characteristic of these tumors. Three presentations are described: solitary pulmonary nodule, consolidation, and diffuse pattern. The last two should be included in the differential diagnosis, together with infectious diseases. Knowledge of the various presentations and the use of proper diagnostic procedures are crucial to early diagnosis and to improving survival.
Keywords : Lung neoplasms; Adenocarcinoma, bronchiolo-alveolar; Tomography; X-ray computed.