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J Korean Soc Radiol. 2011 Aug;65(2):143-146. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.3348/jksr.2011.65.2.143
Kim AY , Lee KS , Han J , Kim H , Kim K , Baek CH .
Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kyungs.lee@samsung.com
Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

It has been well known that angiosarcoma (AS), particularly scalp AS, metastasizes to the lungs with multiple air-filled cystic lesions on chest computed tomography scans. Pneumothorax, due to cystic lesion rupture into the pleural space, is frequent; however, we do not exactly know how rapidly the metastatic lesions spread to the lungs or what the exact pathogenetic mechanism for cystic metastasis is. According to our experience, the speed of disease progression in pulmonary metastasis is relatively fast and the entire lungs may be involved within two or three months. The infiltrating spindle cell tumors in the alveolar walls are tethering the adjacent alveolar spaces in order to form a dilated air-filled cystic lesion.

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