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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 510708, 4 pages
Case Report

Intima Sarcoma of the Pulmonary Artery Mimicking Takayasu Disease

1Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2Department of Anatomopathology, University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
3Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sint-Franciskus Ziekenhuis Hospital-Heusden-Zolder, 3550 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Received 9 June 2011; Accepted 3 July 2011

Academic Editors: N. Espinola-Zavaleta and E. Minar

Copyright © 2011 C. Belge 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.


Pulmonary artery intima sarcoma is an uncommon but fatal tumor, which often masquerades chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and in the present case Takayasu arteritis. Pulmonary arterial pressure is mildly elevated in the presence of extensive proximal lesions. A parenchyma thin-walled cavitary lesion may be a sign of pulmonary extravasation of the tumor.