Molecular characteristics of multifocal invasive mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung: Report of a rare case.
Invasive mucinous adenocarcinoma (IMA) is an uncommon entity in the lung, with a poor prognosis. Multifocal IMA of the lung is even more unusual, and there is little experience with effective treatments. Herein, we present a case of multifocal IMA diagnosed in a 36 year-old man by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. A right middle lobe and a nodule in the right upper lobe were resected, as were mediastinal lymph nodes, leaving behind an autonomous right lower lobe nodule. To explore the feasibility of molecular treatment, next-generation sequencing of genetic mutations was performed after four cycles of chemotherapy (pemetrexed + cisplatin). Ultimately, a KIAA1468-RET fusion gene was detected at a disproportionate level (~67.3%), indicating that targeted therapy may be efficacious in treating this disease.