Letter to the Editor
Unexpected cause of syncope in a young woman
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Submission date: 2011-07-07
Final revision date: 2011-11-11
Acceptance date: 2011-12-12
Online publication date: 2013-08-12
Publication date: 2013-08-31
Arch Med Sci 2013;9(4):755–757
We evaluated a case of a 36 - year - old women with a mass inside a pulmonary artery lumen diagnosed after she had transiently lost consciousness. Such a clinical manifestation of intimal sarcoma, a tumor of the great vessels, has not been described so far. Tumor masses are often misinterpreted as a thrombus and that is why a diagnosis of pulmonary embolism is made. PET has raised some hopes of distinguishing these two disorders. Intimal sarcoma is characterized by an extremely poor prognosis and thus a proper diagnosis and urgent surgical treatment should be implemented promptly.