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Case Reports in Pulmonology
Volume 2017, Article ID 4649813, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare Case of Metastatic Choriocarcinoma of Lung Origin

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
2Division of Pathology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
3Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
4Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, NY, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Parth Rali; moc.oohay@ilar_htrap_rd

Received 8 September 2017; Accepted 31 October 2017; Published 7 December 2017

Academic Editor: Akif Turna

Copyright © 2017 Parth Rali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Choriocarcinoma is part of the spectrum of gestational trophoblastic disease that occurs in women of reproductive age. Although the most common metastatic site of choriocarcinoma is the lung, primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma is rare. To diagnose primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma, the patient should have no previous gynecologic malignancy, have elevated human chorionic gonadotropin, and have pathological confirmation of the disease excluding gonadal primary site of the tumor. Due to the paucity of data, there are no guidelines for treatment. Prognosis of this malignancy is extremely poor. We report a rare case of metastatic primary lung choriocarcinoma in a 69-year-old postmenopausal woman who was treated with combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The patient had a good outcome and is doing well after 1-year follow-up.