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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0220102712.
Published online Jul 8, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.02.2010.2712
PMCID: PMC3028932
Rare disease
Primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma in a male
Akberet Hadgu,1 Arshdeep Tindni,2 and Mukta Panda3
1College of Medicine, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
2Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
3Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Correspondence to Akberet Hadgu, akbereth/at/
The authors report a case of a 48-year-old male smoker who presented with respiratory distress and constitutional symptoms along with gynaecomastia and multiple pulmonary nodules. Based on normal physical and ultrasound findings of the testes, presence of markedly elevated serum β human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) and biopsy findings of the lung a diagnosis of primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma was made.
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