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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2006 June;47(3):367-9

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A rare case of malignant diaphragmatic hemangiopericytoma in a patient with pleural effusion

Pazzini L., La Magra C., D’Agata A., Magnolfi A., Cacchiarelli M., Gotti G.

1 Thoracic Surgery Unit University Hospital of Siena, Siena, Italy
2 Pathologic Anatomy Unit San Donato Hospital, Arezzo, Italy
3 General Surgery Unit Montepulciano Hospital, Siena, Italy
4 Radiology Unit San Donato Hospital, Arezzo, Italy
5 Thoracic Surgery Unit San Donato Hospital, Arezzo, Italy


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This paper reports a case of primary malignant diaphragmatic hemangiopericytoma in a 30-year-old male patient operated on for a diaphragmatic mass. The tumour was discovered on a TC scanning performed to explain the etiology of an exudative pleural effusion in a patient admitted for dyspnea, fever and thoracic pain. Given the rarity of this disease, the histological and pathological features of hemangiopericytoma are discussed in the light of the new classification system for soft tissue and bone tumours, as well as its currently accepted therapeutical guidelines.

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