Pleural granuloma mimicking malignancy 42 years after slurry talc injection for primary spontaneous pneumothorax

S. Tenconi, L. Luzzi, P. Paladini, L. Voltolini, M. S. Gallazzi, F. Granato, G. Gotti

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Abstract

Background: Talc poudrage is considered a safe pleurodesis technique to improve the results of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in cases of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). Methods: We report the case of a patient with left pleural pseudo-nodular plaque and a high metabolic rate upon PET scan suspected for malignancy, occurring 42 years after slurry talc injection for conservative treatment of PSP. The patient presented with coughing, chest pain and weight loss. Thoracotomy was required to obtain a diagnosis and perform a complete pleurectomy. Results: Histology was conclusive for pleural talc granuloma. Conclusions: Indications and possible complications of talc use in young patients with PSP, and the management of possible consequent pleural lesions suspected for malignancy, need to be investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-203
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Surgical Research
Volume44
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Malignancy
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Talc poudrage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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    Tenconi, S., Luzzi, L., Paladini, P., Voltolini, L., Gallazzi, M. S., Granato, F., & Gotti, G. (2010). Pleural granuloma mimicking malignancy 42 years after slurry talc injection for primary spontaneous pneumothorax. European Surgical Research, 44(3-4), 201-203. https://doi.org/10.1159/000313503