A small bowel fistula extending into a metastatic tumour due to lung carcinoma

Karamercan A. , Bostancy H. , Aytac B.

Acta Chirurgica Belgica, vol.107, no.4, pp.436-437, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00015458.2007.11680091
  • Title of Journal : Acta Chirurgica Belgica
  • Page Numbers: pp.436-437
  • Keywords: Abdominal mass, Bowel, Fistula, Lung cancer, Metastasis, Perforation


We report the case of a 63-year-old man who presented with an abdominal mass that was subsequently found to be a metastasis of small cell lung carcinoma into which the small bowel had fistulized. After a detailed diagnostic workup, the involved segment of the small bowel was resected along with the mass. The patient is alive and well six months after surgery. Lung carcinoma metastases to the bowel and mesentery are rare. Resection of the metastatic mass gives the best palliation and improves short-term survival.