Primary pleural liposarcoma, pleomorphic variant

Jorge Alberto Carrillo B, Constanza Navarrete, María Alejandra López Arias, Mauricio Peláez

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Primary pleural liposarcoma (PPL) is a rare tumor derived from primitive mesenchymal tissue. We report a case of a 49-year-old female patient complaining of thoracic pain and dyspnea for 3 months. The chest X-ray showed a left basal opacity of lobulated contours and the thoracic computer tomography (CT) scan revealed a left pleural collection/mass, of 18 HU density and passive pulmonary atelectasis. The patient was taken to surgery and the cytologic examination of the gelatinous mass found in the procedure confirmed the diagnosis of a pleomorphic variant of pleural liposarcoma. We emphasise in the importance of careful inspection of the origin of the tumor in the diagnostic images to allow accurate diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E166-E168
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2014


  • Pleomorphic variant
  • Pleural neoplasms
  • Primary pleural liposarcoma (PPL)
  • Thoracic computer tomography


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