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Aggressive form of pleural epithelioid haemangioendothelioma: complete response after chemotherapy


A. Magnan, Service de Pneumo-allergologie, Hôpital Sainte-Marguerite, 270 Boulevard de Sainte-Marguerite, 13009 Marseille, France. Fax: 33 491741606



Epithelioid haemangioendotheliomas are rare tumours of endothelial origin. They can develop in any tissue but occur principally in the lung and liver. Their usual course is a slow progression, so that they can be treated by surgery. In aggressive forms, no treatment has proved efficient to date. This study, describes a case of bilateral pleural epithelioid haemangioendothelioma that extended to the peritoneum. The histological diagnosis was confirmed by both conventional examination and immunohistochemistry. After six courses of carboplatine plus etoposide, a complete response was obtained. The complete remission is still lasting at 18 months after the diagnosis and the patient is healthy.

Eur Respir J 1999; 14: 237–238.