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Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis: report of a case and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1439232     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe a case of pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis in a 60-year-old woman with a 1-year history of progressive exertional dyspnea. Four years before admission a diagnosis of breast cancer was made, and she underwent mastectomy plus radiation therapy and treatment with oral antiestrogens. The chest X-ray showed bilateral interstitial infiltrates. Pulmonary function studies revealed a severe restrictive pattern. Abundant red blood cells were found in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. On the basis of open lung biopsy, interstitial fibrosis was diagnosed. Cardiac catheterization revealed pulmonary hypertension. Steroids were prescribed, but the patient's condition continued to deteriorate and she died approximately 3 years after presentation. The identification of proliferating and invasive capillaries, which are unique to pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis, led to the correct diagnosis at autopsy.
C Domingo; B Encabo; J Roig; D López; J Morera
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0025-7931     ISO Abbreviation:  Respiration     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-11     Completed Date:  1992-12-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0137356     Medline TA:  Respiration     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  178-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pneumology, Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Bronchi / pathology
Diagnostic Errors
Hemangioma / pathology*,  radiography
Lung / pathology
Lung Neoplasms / pathology*,  radiography
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Fibrosis / pathology*,  radiography

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