Typical carcinoid lung tumour

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Typical carcinoid lung tumour
Diagnosis in short

Lung carcinoid. H&E stain.

Synonyms lung carcinoid

LM stippled chromatin, usually nested architecture, no necrosis, low mitotic rate (see below)
LM DDx atypical carcinoid lung tumour, pulmonary carcinoid tumourlet, lung adenocarcinoma
IHC Ki-67 ~2% (0-7%), TTF-1 +ve/-ve, CK7 +ve/-ve, CK20 -ve
Gross well-circumscribed, solid, >=5 mm (definition)
Site lung - see lung tumours

Syndromes diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia

Symptoms +/-cough, +/-hemoptysis
Prevalence not common
Radiology usually central (85% of cases), well-circumscribed, solid
Prognosis benign
Clin. DDx other lung tumours, lung metastases (esp. when multiple)
Treatment excision to exclude other types of lung tumours & treat symptoms

Typical carcinoid lung tumour, also lung carcinoid and carcinoid tumour of the lung, is a benign lung tumour, that is excised to exclude malignancy.



  • Cough.
  • Hemoptysis.


  • Surgical resection.[9]


  • Well-circumscribed, solid.
  • Location - central airways (85%), remainder peripheral.[10]



  • Nests of cells.
    • Stippled chromatin.
    • Scant-to-moderate cytoplasm.
  • Nuclei round or ellipsoid.
  • No necrosis - important.
  • Low mitotic rate.
  • Size criterion: >= 5 mm.[11][12]





Neuroendocrine markers:[15][16]


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Lung, Left Upper Lobe, Core Biopsy:
- Consistent with typical lung carcinoid.

The tumour stains as follow:
POSITIVE: CK7, TTF-1 (very weak, focal), CD56, chromogranin A, synaptophysin.
PROLIFERATION (Ki-67): ~3% of tumour cells.


A. Lymph Node, Station 2L, Lymphadenectomy:
- Lymph node, NEGATIVE for malignancy.

B. Lymph Node, Station 4L, Lymphadenectomy:
- Lymph node, NEGATIVE for malignancy.

C. Lymph Node, Station 11L, Lymphadenectomy:
- Lymph node, NEGATIVE for malignancy.

D. Lung, Left Upper Lobe, Lobectomy:
- Typical carcinoid tumour (12 mm maximal dimension).
- Carcinoid tumourlet (2 mm maximal dimension).
- Margins clear of tumour.
- Please see tumour summary.

See also


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