The literature of hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy is reviewed with special reference to its occurrence with pulmonary metastases from extrathoracic tumours. The present theories on aetiology are discussed, and the relationship to finger clubbing and bronchogenic carcinoma is reviewed. A case is reported of hypertrophic osteoarthropathy as the presenting feature of pulmonary metastases from renal carcinoma, and of its relief by pulmonary resection.
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