Placental site trophoblastic tumor presenting with a pneumothorax during pregnancy

Jason D. Wright, Matthew A. Powell, Neil S. Horowitz, Phyllis C. Huettner, Frances White, Thomas J. Herzog

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BACKGROUND: Placental site trophoblastic tumor is a rare form of gestational trophoblastic disease that commonly presents with vaginal bleeding and amenorrhea after pregnancy. CASE: A women with a normal gestation at 37 weeks presented with a pneumothorax. The patient underwent placement of a chest tube and a subsequent thorascopic pulmonary bullous resection for persistence of the pneumothorax. Histological examination of the specimen revealed a metastatic placental site trophoblastic tumor. CONCLUSION: Gestational trophoblastic disease must be considered in the differential diagnosis of pneumothorax during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1144
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002


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