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Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma*: A Case Report of Surgical Cure and 5-Year Follow-up

Anil Mattoo, MD; Peter F. Fedullo, MD, FCCP; David Kapelanski, MD; Jonathan S. Ilowite, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY.

Correspondence to: Anil Mattoo, MD, Winthrop University Hospital, 222 Station Plaza North, Suite 400, Mineola, NY 11501; e-mail: anilmattoo@hotmail.com



Chest. 2002;122(2):745-747. doi:10.1378/chest.122.2.745
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Pulmonary artery sarcoma is a rare tumor that is frequently misdiagnosed as chronic pulmonary embolism. With heightened clinical awareness and advancement in technology, the diagnosis is now increasingly being made preoperatively. Previous literature has described the disease to be uniformly fatal, with surgical resection as the single most effective modality for short-term palliation. We present the case of a patient in whom pulmonary artery sarcoma was diagnosed preoperatively and who underwent surgical resection with no evidence of recurrence during long-term follow-up, suggesting that early identification and aggressive surgical intervention has the potential to be curative.

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