Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 2
A Phantom Tumor of The Lung In a Patient With Mitral Valve Replacement and Hypoalbuminemia
Serkan Duyuler1,Pınar Türker Duyuler2,Seçil Karacan3,Derya Pehlivaner4
1Acıbadem Ankara Hastanesi, Kardiyoloji, Ankara, Türkiye
2Ankara Numune Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kardiyoloji, Ankara, Türkiye
3Kent Hastanesi, Radyoloji, İzmir, Türkiye
4Gazipaşa Devlet Hastanesi, İç Hastalıkları, Antalya, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.151 Phantom tumors (or vanishing tumors) of the lung are well known clinical conditions in cardiovascular medicine which result from loculation of a pleural effusion within an interlobar fissure. Although the phantom tumor is generally believed to occur in patients with systolic dysfunctions, here we present a case of an atypical phantom tumor of the lung in a patient with mitral valve replacement, preserved systolic function and hypoalbuminemia. The phantom tumor has disappeared after the inclusion of albumin into the intravenous diuretic treatment. The patient was hospitalized (many/multiple) times with similar signs and symptoms in a one-year follow-up. The addition of albumin to the treatment in a patient with hypoalbuminemia and suspected phantom tumor may prevent expensive and invasive procedures. Keywords : phantom tumor, mitral valve replacement, hypoalbuminemia