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Magy Seb. 2012 Feb;65(1):24-6. doi: 10.1556/MaSeb.65.2012.1.5.

[Pseudomyxoma of the pleura and of the peritoneum -- case report of a rare disease].

[Article in Hungarian]

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  • 1Országos Korányi TBC és Pulmonológiai Intézet, Budapest.



Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) is a rare condition, which arises from the abdominal cavity and it may also involve the pleural cavity occasionally. Concomitant involvement of both cavities is rare. The disease is characterized by production of mucinous ascites, and a low-grade carcinoma deriving mostly from the appendix. Pleural seeding may be due to diaphragmatic perforation during surgical intervention, tumour progression, or persistent congenital malformation between the abdominal and pleural cavities.


A 44 year-old female patient was treated with pleuropulmonary involvement of pseudomyxoma. Since both the lungs and pleura were involved, radical resection could not have been carried out, and cytoreduction with intraoperative chemotherapy was applied only.


Pleural progression of pseudomyxoma is uncommon and carries a poor prognosis. Management is similar to abdominal PMP, which involves aggressive cytoreduction and local and/or systemic chemotherapy, if possible.


PMP is a very uncommon disease with poor prognosis. Extra-abdominal manifestation is rare, too. However, early recognition of the condition may enhance treatment options.

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