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Year : 2018 | Month : July | Volume : 12 | Issue : 7 | Page : OD01 - OD02

Left-Sided Vanishing Lung Tumour: A Rare Case

Karanam Gowrinath, Chinnangari Vijay Amaranatha Reddy

1. Senior Consultant, Pulmonary Medicine, Apollo Speciality Hospital Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. 2. Consultant Cardiology, Apollo Speciality Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Karanam Gowrinath,
Senior Consultant, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Apollo Speciality Hospital, Pinakininagar, Muthukur Road, Nellore-524004, Andhra Pradesh, India.


In some cases of congestive heart failure, interlobar transudative pleural effusions may occur and appear like a tumour in the chest radiograph and disappear with diuretic therapy. They are called as Vanishing or Phantom or Pseudotumours and detected most often in the right lung. Left-sided vanishing lung tumour is very rare and we are not aware of similar previous case report in English literature. We report a left-sided vanishing lung tumour as a manifestation of cardiac failure in an elderly man who presented with intermittent swelling of feet during follow-up after coronary bypass surgery. Addition of oral diuretic (furosemide) led to rapid symptomatic relief and complete resolution of interlobar effusion in the left oblique fissure within two months. The follow-up computed tomography of chest showed left-sided small residual pleural thickening near left oblique fissure as possible cause of unusual site of vanishing tumour in our case.


Congestive heart failure, Interlobar pleural effusion, Phantom tumour, Pseudotumour, Vanishing tumour

How to cite this article :

Karanam Gowrinath, Chinnangari Vijay Amaranatha Reddy. LEFT-SIDED VANISHING LUNG TUMOUR: A RARE CASE . Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 July [cited: 2018 Aug 18 ]; 12:OD01-OD02. Available from

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DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2018/35858.11727

Date of Submission: Feb 14, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Apr 07, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Apr 25, 2018
Date of Publishing: Jul 01, 2018


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