Pulmonary artery angiosarcoma: a clinicopathologic and radiological correlation

Ann Diagn Pathol. 2005 Aug;9(4):209-14. doi: 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2005.04.012.


A 69-year-old man presented with cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. He was initially treated for allergies and then for pulmonary embolism. Radiologically, a tumor mass was found to occlude the right pulmonary artery and involve the pulmonary trunk. A right pneumonectomy was performed. Histologically, a cellular malignant spindle and epithelioid tumor with areas of necrosis and brisk mitotic activity was seen. In some areas, the tumor appeared to form vascular channels. Focal osteosarcomatous differentiation was present. Immunohistochemical studies were performed including vimentin, smooth muscle actin, desmin, CD31, CD34, S100, and pan-cytokeratin. The tumor cells were positive for CD31 and vimentin and negative for pan-cytokeratin, CD34, and S100. Two months after surgery, the patient was alive and well.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Hemangiosarcoma / metabolism
  • Hemangiosarcoma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Artery / metabolism
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology*
  • Vascular Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Vascular Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor