A case of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia diagnosed through spontaneous hemothorax

Chong Whan Kim, Il Hwan Park, Woocheol Kwon, Young Joo Kim, Soon Hee Jung, Shun Nyung Lee, Seok Jeong Lee, Ji Ho Lee, Saehyun Jung, Ye Ryung Jung, Sang Ha Kim

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Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT, Osler-Weber-Rendu disease) is a rare autosomal dominant, disease characterized by heterogenous multisystemic dysplasia of the vascular tissue. Prevalence of HHT is 1 in 5,000-8,000. HHT commonly presents with recurrent epistaxis, but may have more serious consequences if visceral vascular beds are involved. Approximately 30-50% of HHT cases also present with pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (PAVM). Spontaneous hemothorax is less common, and PAVM is one of the causes leading to hemothorax. Our case involved an 18-year-old female who had suddenly developed right chest pain. The reason for chest pain was due to right spontaneous hemothorax accompanied by PAVM in the right middle lobe. The patient was additionally diagnosed with HHT upon examination of her family history, specifically through her mother's symptom that included recurrent epistaxis and mucosal telangiectasia. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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