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Leiomyosarcoma of the pulmonary trunk associated with pericardial effusion
  1. L. G. Thijs1,
  2. T. A. J. Kroon,
  3. Th. M. Van Leeuwen
  1. St. Elisabeth's Hospital, Willemstad, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)


    Thijs, L. G., Kroon, T. A. J., and van Leeuwen, Th. M. (1974).Thorax, 29, 490-494. Leiomyosarcoma of the pulmonary trunk associated with pericardial effusion. The case history of a patient with a leiomyosarcoma of the pulmonary trunk is presented. The clinical picture was dominated by unexplained shortness of breath, episodes of cough and haemoptysis, general weakness, and weight loss. Signs of a pericardial effusion and pulmonary stenosis developed a few weeks before death. Thoracotomy revealed an inoperable tumour arising from the pulmonary trunk and a large pericardial effusion. Microscopy of the tumour removed at necropsy showed a leiomyosarcoma.

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    • 1 Present address: Academisch Ziekenhuis der Vrije Universiteit, de Boelelaan 1117, Amsterdam, Netherlands