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submitted by bingcentipede(208),

The patient has a brain cancer, which is 50/50 between primary cancer and metastasis (lung most common; also breast, colon).

The answer is small cell carcinoma of the lung versus a primary brain cancer because there are cells staining positive for carcinoma marker (cytokeratin) and neuroendocrine markers (chromogranin and synaptophysin), which is what SCLC is.

cassdawg  Another reason this is small cell lung cancer is the weakness of the proximal upper and lower extremities while also having augmentation (increasing) of strength with repetitive stimulation. This is characteristic of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome [where strength increases with stimulation; opposite of myasthenia gravis]. Lambert-Eaton can be caused by a paraneoplastic syndrome of small cell lung cancer (FA2020 p228 and 472) +7  
passplease  What about the fact that it is a single well-demarcated mass. Wouldnt metastatic cancer present as multiple masses? This made me think primary brain cancer. +6  
jaeyphf  @passplease I originally thought this way too and it fucked me. I think the easiest way is elimination + staining. Pt is an adult - eliminate neuroblastoma, ependymoma as both are more common in kids Pt is not immunocompromised - eliminate CNS lymphoma GBM does not stain positive for cytokeratin, chromogranin, synaptophysin - eliminate GBM Left with Small cell carcinoma +1  

submitted by radion(16),
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smc213  FA 2018 p.486 +3  
lynn  2019 - pg 489 +3  
jaeyphf  2020 - pg 501 +2  

submitted by pharmtomed(2),

Could anyone help me on why this couldn't be C (facial portion of the homonculus in the primary motor cortex)? It explicitly mentions motor issues with the face - not just speech. I understand why it would be Broca's - that's what I put originally. But the last sentence mentioning motor disruption caused me to change my answer. Thanks.

jaeyphf  I didn't even think about the motor part during the question, but it might be related to the homonculus (FA 2020 pg 502). Motor and sensory areas of the lower face generally fall towards the lower half of the brain. Answers B/C/D would probably show some hand or arm involvement. +1  
bbr  I know this isnt a great answer, but I was assuming that they wanted us to "play the game" and decide broca/wernicke. It seems set up for us answering that type of question. Going off buzzwords like "fluency", "phrase length", "comphrension". +1