INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer metastases of small bowel are rare (1,1%), often with few or not symptoms. This aspecific onset and the difficult physical-instrumental approach to small bowel, led often to diagnosis at autopsy. This is not true for intestinal metastases that cause complications (haemorrhage, obstruction, perforation); in this cases emergency surgery leds to the diagnosis.CASE REPORT: We describe a case of a male 56 years old patient with acute abdomen due to perforation (X-ray and CT). He refers, about 6 months before, an upper right lobectomy for lung cancer, followed by adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy, because the presence of brain and bone metastases. During the emergency surgery we found out a perforation of the Treitz tract, treated with intestinal resection and immediate end-to-end anastomosis with manual suture. Histological examination shows the perforation of the intestinal wall tract with lung cancer metastases.CONCLUSIONS: Our case shows that any acute abdomen in patient with lung cancer can be considered as expression of intestinal metastases. Negative prognosis of this complication imposes to surgeons only a local treatment.
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