Pancoast Syndrome Accompanied by Rotator Cuff Tear

Nam, Seung Oh;Shin, Dongju;Park, Kihong;Kim, Tae Kyun;Kim, Han Sang

  • Received : 2014.10.11
  • Accepted : 2015.01.01
  • Published : 2015.03.30


Pancoast syndrome (PS) is characterized by a malignant neoplasm of the superior sulcus of the lung with destructive lesions of the thoracic inlet and involvement of the brachial plexus and cervical sympathetic nerves. The most common initial symptom of PS is shoulder pain; however, cough, dyspnea, and hemoptysis, signs often associated with lung cancer, are not as common. Investigation of PS can be difficult even with plain radiographs of the chest because it is surrounded by osseous structures such as the ribs, vertebral bodies, and manubrium. Due to these characteristics, orthopedic surgeons tend to make a misdiagnosis resulting in delay of appropriate treatment. Here we report on a patient who was supposed to undergo rotator cuff repair for his shoulder pain and weakness, and was eventually diagnosed with PS.


Pancoast syndrome;Rotator cuff tear;Superior vena cava syndrome


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