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Paraneoplastic intestinal pseudo-occlusion and sensory neuronopathy disclosing small-cell bronchial cancer

Paraneoplastic intestinal pseudo-occlusion and sensory neuronopathy disclosing small-cell bronchial cancer

La Revue de Medecine Interne 18(8): 652-656

This report describes a case of paraneoplastic neurological syndrome associating a subacute sensory neuronopathy and an intestinal pseudo-obstruction in a 64-year old man with a small cell lung cancer. Various paraneoplastic neurological syndromes have been described in association with small cell lung cancer. In our patient anti-Hu antibodies were identified by indirect immunohistochemistry and western-blot analysis. This antibody constitutes an informative tool in assessing the paraneoplastic origin of neurologic symptoms when the etiological inquiry is negative. Its positivity is important in promoting the search for an underlying malignancy and should lead to repeat investigations if the first investigations are normal.

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