Don’t stop at first glance: pulmonary artery angiosarcoma mimicking chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

PVRI Member Authors: Michele Correale

Abstract

We report the case of an incomplete diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, with relevant prognostic implications, missing the presence of a primary pulmonary artery angiosarcoma. After the late neoplasm diagnosis, the patient, treated for months with riociguat, was considered inoperable and died soon after. This case highlights the need to manage patients with suspected pulmonary arterial hypertension by expert referral centers with specific and multi-professional expertise (heart and thoracic imaging) in order to avoid incomplete or delayed diagnoses.

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Topics

Angiogenesis
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Thrombosis

Authors

Nicola Tarantino, Riccardo Ieva, Matteo Gravina, Grazia Casavecchia, Caterina Strazzella, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti

Published in:

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 8: No 3 cover image

September 2018

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 8: No 3

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