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Mycobacterial Spindle Cell Pseudotumor of the LungMycobacterial Spindle Cell Pseudotumor of the Lung

Joe Philip, MD; Mary Beth Beasley, MD; Sakshi Dua, MD
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Drs Philip and Dua), and the Department of Pathology (Dr Beasley), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Correspondence to: Sakshi Dua, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1232, New York, NY 10029; e-mail: sakshi.dua@mssm.edu

This case report was presented at the 2011 American Thoracic Society Conference, Lung Infections: Cases From The Clinic, May 13-18, 2011, in Denver, CO.


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Chest. 2012;142(3):783-784. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2503
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Mycobacterial spindle cell pseudotumor (MSP) is a rare benign lesion characterized by local proliferation of spindle-shaped histiocytes containing acid-fast mycobacteria. Most reported cases of MSP occur in the lymph nodes, skin, spleen, and brain in patients who are immunocompromised, particularly following solid organ transplant and in those with AIDS. This is a case report of a patient with AIDS who presented with cough, generalized weakness, and fatigue, who was found to have multilobar lung masses that were MSP, which to our knowledge has not yet been reported in the literature.

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