Pulmonary synovial sarcoma presenting as a pneumothorax during pregnancy

Emmanuel J. Esaka, Jennifer U. Celebrezze, Steven H. Golde, Giuseppe Chiossi, Ronald L. Thomas

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BACKGROUND: Synovial sarcoma is a clinically rare, but morphologically well-defined neoplasm, which accounts for approximately 10% of all malignant soft-tissue tumors. The diagnosis can be established with clinical and imaging evaluations together with immunohistochemical, electron microscopy, and molecular genetic studies. CASE: We describe a case of primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma presenting as a pneumothorax in a young woman at 34 weeks of gestation. Her persistent symptomatology ultimately led to a video-assisted thoracoscopy and thorascopic decortication. The diagnosis was established by pathology and immunohistochemistry of the cells, which were consistent with primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma. CONCLUSION: Malignancies, even those as uncommon as primary synovial sarcoma, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pneumothorax during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-558
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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