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Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation: An unusual cause of hemothorax.

Gupta ML, Gupta M, Vijay DK, Bagarhatta R - Lung India (2015 Nov-Dec)

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Affiliation: Department of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. E-mail: drmanohargupta@gmail.com.

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In view of the presence of clubbing with hemothorax, closed pleural biopsy was performed with Abrams needle with aspiration of remaining pleural fluid... Histopathological examination of pleural biopsy was not conclusive... Therefore, multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) thorax angiography was performed to confirm PAVM and to delineate the number and size of the feeders... Hemothorax as a presenting feature of PAVM is a very rare occurrence... Ali et al. found only 32 reported cases of hemothorax associated with PAVM till 2008... Conventional pulmonary angiography and MDCT thoracic angiography were the two options before us to confirm the diagnosis of PAVM in this patient... Pulmonary angiography and MDCT angiography chest both have their own merits and demerits... MDCT thoracic angiography was preferred as it is superior in demonstrating small arteriovenous malformations, non-invasive and relatively inexpensive than conventional pulmonary angiography... But, vascular lesions may also give false positive result on this modality... Contrast-enhanced MR angiography has also been found to be more sensitive than pulmonary angiography in detecting PAVM... Further, although contrast enhanced MR angiography has the advantage of acquiring MIP reconstructions of complex PAVM in multiple planes but it is inferior in delineating lung parenchymal pathology as compared to MDCT angiography... Risk of future recurrence and the presence of a single malformation tilted the balance in favor of surgical excision of the lesion... Video-assisted thoracoscopic wedge resection was performed as it is associated with less morbidity and mortality than conventional thoracotomy.

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CECT thorax (lung window) section at just above the diaphragm showing conglomerate soft tissue nodular lesions, one with nodule of calcification in right anterobasal lung. A small amount of right pleural effusion is also seen
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Figure 1: CECT thorax (lung window) section at just above the diaphragm showing conglomerate soft tissue nodular lesions, one with nodule of calcification in right anterobasal lung. A small amount of right pleural effusion is also seen

Mentions: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of thorax was performed to know the state of underlying pleural space and lung parenchyma. This study showed residual small pleural effusion on right side with conglomerate of multiple soft tissue masses in peripheral part of right anterior chest in relation to anterior segment of right lower lobe [Figure 1]. Contrast echocardiography with injection of agitated saline (to create bubble) in peripheral vein was done. Bubbles appeared in left atrium after fourth cardiac cycle suggestive of a right to left shunt.


Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation: An unusual cause of hemothorax.

Gupta ML, Gupta M, Vijay DK, Bagarhatta R - Lung India (2015 Nov-Dec)

CECT thorax (lung window) section at just above the diaphragm showing conglomerate soft tissue nodular lesions, one with nodule of calcification in right anterobasal lung. A small amount of right pleural effusion is also seen
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Figure 1: CECT thorax (lung window) section at just above the diaphragm showing conglomerate soft tissue nodular lesions, one with nodule of calcification in right anterobasal lung. A small amount of right pleural effusion is also seen
Mentions: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of thorax was performed to know the state of underlying pleural space and lung parenchyma. This study showed residual small pleural effusion on right side with conglomerate of multiple soft tissue masses in peripheral part of right anterior chest in relation to anterior segment of right lower lobe [Figure 1]. Contrast echocardiography with injection of agitated saline (to create bubble) in peripheral vein was done. Bubbles appeared in left atrium after fourth cardiac cycle suggestive of a right to left shunt.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. E-mail: drmanohargupta@gmail.com.

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In view of the presence of clubbing with hemothorax, closed pleural biopsy was performed with Abrams needle with aspiration of remaining pleural fluid... Histopathological examination of pleural biopsy was not conclusive... Therefore, multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) thorax angiography was performed to confirm PAVM and to delineate the number and size of the feeders... Hemothorax as a presenting feature of PAVM is a very rare occurrence... Ali et al. found only 32 reported cases of hemothorax associated with PAVM till 2008... Conventional pulmonary angiography and MDCT thoracic angiography were the two options before us to confirm the diagnosis of PAVM in this patient... Pulmonary angiography and MDCT angiography chest both have their own merits and demerits... MDCT thoracic angiography was preferred as it is superior in demonstrating small arteriovenous malformations, non-invasive and relatively inexpensive than conventional pulmonary angiography... But, vascular lesions may also give false positive result on this modality... Contrast-enhanced MR angiography has also been found to be more sensitive than pulmonary angiography in detecting PAVM... Further, although contrast enhanced MR angiography has the advantage of acquiring MIP reconstructions of complex PAVM in multiple planes but it is inferior in delineating lung parenchymal pathology as compared to MDCT angiography... Risk of future recurrence and the presence of a single malformation tilted the balance in favor of surgical excision of the lesion... Video-assisted thoracoscopic wedge resection was performed as it is associated with less morbidity and mortality than conventional thoracotomy.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus