Rapidly progressive metastatic cholangiocarcinoma in a postpartum patient with cystic fibrosis: a case report

Sara W. Carson, Kelly E. Craven, David Nauen, Kristina Montemayor, Mark Yarchoan, William R. Burns, Christian A. Merlo, Natalie E. West
2020 BMC Pulmonary Medicine  
Background Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare gastrointestinal malignancy that arises within the intrahepatic, perihilar, and/or extrahepatic bile ducts. Individuals with cystic fibrosis are at increased risk for gastrointestinal malignancies. The most common gastrointestinal malignancy in cystic fibrosis is colon cancer, but other gastrointestinal malignancies also occur at greater rates than the general population. Case presentation We present a case of a rapidly progressive metastatic intrahepatic
more » ... static intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in an individual with cystic fibrosis who was 5 months postpartum, incidentally found while undergoing a lung transplantation evaluation. Conclusion A heightened clinical awareness of gastrointestinal malignancies, beyond colon cancer, in individuals with cystic fibrosis is warranted. It remains unclear if pregnancy is an additional risk factor for gastrointestinal malignancies in cystic fibrosis.
doi:10.1186/s12890-020-01337-x pmid:33198722 fatcat:u5g6u4b3ebgalbp4rixooglzum