J Lung Cancer.  2009 Dec;8(2):103-110. 10.6058/jlc.2009.8.2.103.

Primary Neoplasms of the Lung in Children and Adolescents: 22 Cases from a Single Institute

  • 1Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hanjho@skku.edu
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Thoracic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Primary lung tumors in children and adolescents are uncommon. We report here on the clinical presentations, the methods of treatment, the results and the outcomes of a series of children with these rare tumors.
We conducted a retrospective review on all the patients less than 19 years of age with primary lung tumors and who were treated at Samsung Medical Center between 1995 and 2009. Twenty two cases of primary lung tumors were reviewed and the clinical-pathological information concerning the tumor characteristics, the therapy and the follow-up was collected.
The average age of the 10 male patients and 12 female patients was 11.5 years (range: 3 months to 18 years). Of the 22 primary lung tumors, 18.2% (4/22) were benign, 36.4% (8/22) were of borderline malignancy and 45.4% (10/22) were malignant. The pathologic types were inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (6/22), mucoepidermoid carcinoma (4), pleuropulmonary blastoma (2), adenocarcinoma (1), alveolar soft part sarcoma (1), malignant lymphoma (1), leiomyoma (1), pulmonary leiomyomatous hamartoma (1), congenital pulmonary myofibroblastic tumor (1), Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (1), neurilemmoma (1), sclerosing pneumocytoma (so-called sclerosing hemangioma) (1) and atypical carcinoid tumor (1). After surgery for the benign tumors, no postoperative recurrence was been observed during long-term follow-up. All the patients with the benign tumors were alive with no evidence of disease. For the patients with the tumors of borderline malignancy, one patient experienced recurrence, but there was no death from disease. For the group with malignant tumors, two patients died from untreatable metastatic disease and 8 patients survived their disease on the long-term follow-up.
The primary lung tumors during childhood and adolescence had different characteristics compared with their adult counterparts with respect to the incidence and prognosis. These facts must be considered when making the diagnosis and deciding on proper therapy.


Lung; Neoplasms; Childhood; Adolescent
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