We report a 33-year-old man who presented with recurrent right pneumothorax. Computed tomography (CT) showed the presence of a large bulla with a maximum diameter of 8 cm in the right middle lobe; he subsequently underwent bullectomy. Histopathology revealed that pulmonary parenchyma adjacent to the bulla represented nodular prolifera-tion of clear cells characterized by a papillary structure resembling placental chorionic villi. Immunohistochemically, clear cells were positive for CD10, suggesting placental transmog-rification of the lung (PTL). We reviewed 36 surgical cases of PTL, and only 2 cases (5.6%), including our case, were operated for spontaneous pneumothorax. Bullous lesions secondary to PTL tend to appear as unilateral large cystic masses in non-upper lobes, which is atypical for primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). Although PTL is considered a very rare cause of secondary pneumothorax, we must carefully differentiate this condition.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine