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A Challenging Picture of Cancer-and Inflammation-Related Change

Keywords: lung cancer , head and neck cancer , abscess , metastasis , brain metastases

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The authors describe a diagnostically challenging case where a patient with previous squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil developed a putative second primary squamous cell carcinoma in the lung (stage IV with lung and bone metastases). During palliative chemotherapy several episodes of severe infection occurred, eventually resulting in abscess formation in the hip and brain. The dilemma of distinguishing between metastasis and abscess and the therapeutic implications are discussed.


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