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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 1024-297X
Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013, pp. 135-139
Bioline Code: js13018
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013, pp. 135-139

 en Pleuropulmonary Blastoma: Case Report
Tadesse, A.; Kidane, Philipos; Nega, Birhanu & Schneider, Jakob


Pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) is a rare and aggressive tumor that is emerging as a distinct entity of early childhood disease. It is characterized by mesenchymal elements (including undifferentiated blastoma and often cartilaginous, rhabdomyoblastic, or fibroblastic differentiation) and epithelium-lined spaces. The tumor arises in the lung and pleura and is regarded as a pulmonary dysontogenetic or embryonic neoplasm. It is the pulmonary analog of other tumors of childhood including Wilms` tumor, Neuroblastoma, Hepatoblastoma, Pancreatoblastoma and Retinoblastoma. Due to their protean presentation it is often difficult to make a preoperative diagnosis. A high index of suspicion therefore is needed. As a result these are diagnosed late, and these, along with other factors, affect the eventual outcome. We report a case of Pleuropulmonary blastoma diagnosed after the child was operated as a case of massive left hemothorax following blunt trauma.

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