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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 279374, 4 pages
Case Report

A Case of Pulmonary Sarcoma with Significant Extension into the Right Lung

1Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama Medical University, 1981 Kamoda, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8550, Japan
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama Medical University, Saitama 350-8550, Japan
3Department of Pathology, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama Medical University, Saitama 350-8550, Japan

Received 28 August 2014; Accepted 27 October 2014; Published 13 November 2014

Academic Editor: Tobias Keck

Copyright © 2014 Yoshiaki Inoue et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A female patient in her 30s was referred to us with a mass approximately 8 centimeters in diameter in right lung segment 6. Bronchoscopy was done, and a tumorous lesion obstructing right B6 was found. Biopsy of this lesion supported suspicions of sarcoma or spindle cell carcinoma. Contrast-enhanced CT showed that the mass extended to and obstructed the right main pulmonary artery. A skip lesion was also suspected in the periphery of pulmonary artery trunk. The tumor was removed by right pneumonectomy accompanied by resection of the main and left pulmonary arteries under cardiopulmonary bypass. The pulmonary artery trunk and the left pulmonary artery were reconstructed with a vascular graft. Collectively, intimal sarcoma originating from the right main pulmonary artery with extension into the right lung was diagnosed. Significant extension of pulmonary artery sarcoma into the lung, as was observed in the present case, is considered to be rare, and to our knowledge this is the first report in which the primary lesion was biopsied by bronchoscopy.