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Pathology Research International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 836054, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/836054
Case Report

Fatal Hemothorax Caused by Pseudomesotheliomatous Carcinoma of the Lung

1Department of Pathology, VU University Medical Center, De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2Department of Surgery, VU University Medical Center, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Department of Radiology, VU University Medical Center, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4Department of Pulmonology, VU University Medical Center, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Received 17 February 2011; Accepted 24 April 2011

Academic Editor: Marco Volante

Copyright © 2011 Petur Snaebjornsson 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.

Abstract

We present a case of a poorly differentiated pseudomesotheliomatous carcinoma originating in the lung, which was manifested with the distinctly rare complication of massive true hemothorax and persistent blood loss that proved rapidly fatal in spite of surgery. Pseudomesotheliomatous carcinoma of the lung and neoplasia-associated hemothorax are reviewed and discussed.