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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-83

Primary pleural primitive neuroendocrine tumor: A rare entity

Metro Center for Respiratory Diseases, Metro Multispeciality Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Arjun Khanna
Metro Center for Respiratory Diseases, Metro Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 11, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2320-8775.168623

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The rare primitive neuro-ectodermal tumors (PNET) are classically described as tumors of the airways that can metastasize to the pleura. We describe here, a rare case of a PNET originating from the pleura in a 52-year-old, nonsmoker female. The patient presented with clinical features of a right sided pleural effusion. Thoracoscopic pleural biopsy revealed malignant small round cell proliferation consistent with PNET, and the final diagnosis was confirmed by immune-histochemical analysis. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy, contrast enhanced computed tomography chest, and positron emission tomography scan did not reveal any primary lung lesion. The patient underwent pleurodesis for symptom relief but refused any definitive therapy.

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