Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Lung Cancer?

Emmanuel C. Besa, MD


April 04, 2016

Paraneoplastic syndromes occur in 10%-20% of patients with lung cancer. Most paraneoplastic syndromes are caused by small cell lung cancer. Some examples include:

  • Hypercalcemia due to parathyroid-like hormone production occurs most commonly in patients with squamous cell carcinoma.

  • Clubbing and hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy and Trousseau syndrome of hypercoagulability are caused more frequently by adenocarcinomas.

  • The syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion is more common in small cell lung cancer but can also occur in NSCLC.

  • Cushing syndrome from ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone production is more likely to occur in small cell lung cancer or bronchial carcinoid.

For more on presentation of lung cancer, read here.


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