Pulmonary amoebiasis presenting as superior vena cava syndrome

Lichtenstein, A.; Kondo, A. T.; Visvesvara, G. S.; Fernandez, A.; Paiva, E. F.; Mauad, T.; Dolhnikoff, M.; Martins, M. A.
April 2005
Thorax;Apr2005, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p350
Academic Journal
Pulmonary amoebiasis without liver involvement occurs sporadically as a result of haematogenous spread from a primary site, the colon. The case history is presented of a patient who developed superior vena cava syndrome due to a pulmonary amoebic abscess without liver involvement. He was initially suspected of having a neoplasm but a combination of tests including histological examination of the H&E stained excised tissue, immunoftuorescence using anti-Entamoeba histolytica antibodies, and serology confirmed the diagnosis of amoebiasis. To our knowledge this is the first description of pulmonary amoebiasis presenting as superior vena cava syndrome.


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