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Pleuropulmonary blastomas (PPBs) form in the tissue of the lung and pleura (tissue that covers the lungs and lines the inside of the chest). PPBs can also form in the organs between the lungs including the heart, aorta, and pulmonary artery, or in the diaphragm (the main breathing muscle below the lungs).
There are three stages of PPB that are described as types:
Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnostic and Staging Tests
The risk of PPB is increased by the following:
PPB may cause any of the following signs and symptoms. Check with your child’s doctor if you see any of the following problems in your child:
Other conditions that are not PPB may cause these same symptoms.
Tests to diagnose and stage PPB may include the following:
Other tests used to diagnose PPB include the following:
PPBs may spread or recur (come back) even after being removed by surgery.
Treatment of pleuropulmonary blastomas in children is usually surgery to remove the whole lobe of the lung the tumour is in, with or without chemotherapy.
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Page last updated: 07/05/2020