Pleural epithelioid hemangioendothelioma

Yonsei Med J. 2008 Dec 31;49(6):1036-40. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2008.49.6.1036.


Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare tumor of vascular origin. While it can be found in any tissue, it is most often found in lung and liver and usually has an intermediate behavior. EHEs originating from pleural tissue have been less frequently described than those from other sites. Furthermore, to date, all of the cited pleural EHEs were described as highly aggressive. In the present report, we describe a rare case of pleural EHE extending to lung and bone in a 31-year-old woman. The histological diagnosis was confirmed by both conventional examination and immunohistochemistry. Her disease stabilized during the 4th course of adriamycin (45 mg/m(2), day 1-3), dacarbazine (300 mg/m(2), day 1-3) and ifosfamide (2,500 mg/m(2), day 1-3) with mesna, and she survived for 10 months after the diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Factor VIII / metabolism
  • Female
  • Hemangioendothelioma, Epithelioid / diagnosis*
  • Hemangioendothelioma, Epithelioid / drug therapy
  • Hemangioendothelioma, Epithelioid / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Keratins / metabolism
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pleural Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Pleural Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Pleural Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Vimentin / metabolism


  • Vimentin
  • Keratins
  • Factor VIII