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Haemoptysis in pregnancy caused by a well-differentiated fetal adenocarcinoma: a case report

Author(s): Thompson Rebecca | Hasleton Philip | Taylor Paul | Woodhead Mark | Byrd Louise

Journal: Journal of Medical Case Reports
ISSN 1752-1947

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Abstract Introduction Haemoptysis in pregnancy is frequently assumed to be caused by a pulmonary embolism. However, it can also be an indicator of serious pathology. Case presentation We report the case of a 27-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with haemoptysis in pregnancy that was discovered to be caused by a well-differentiated fetal adenocarcinoma of the lung. Conclusion This case demonstrates the importance of establishing an accurate diagnosis when a pregnant woman presents with haemoptysis and that more serious pathology should be considered if the clinical symptoms persist and/or the presumed diagnosis of pulmonary embolism is not confirmed.

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