Pulmonary infarction mimicking a lung mass: A case report

Balakrishnan Jayakrishnan*, Saif Musabah Al-Mubaihsi, Nisrien Elfatih Elhassan, Rashid Fuad Al-Sukaiti, Jojy George, Younis Said Al-Alawi, Adil Hashim Al-Kindi

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Pulmonary infarction usually appears as a wedgeshaped opacity with its base placed laterally. Rarely, pulmonary infarctions may appear as a well-defined rounded opacity mimicking lung cancer and surgical lung biopsy may often be required for definitive diagnosis. We report a patient who was admitted with submassive pulmonary embolism who had an incidental finding of a well-defined opacity in computed tomography (CT) scan. The lesion was avid on positron emission tomography (PET) scan and the patient was a smoker. So, we investigated him further with a percutaneous and later a thoracoscopic lung biopsy. Tumour-like pulmonary infarction is often a challenge for the clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Case report
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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