Intravascular epithelioid hemangioendothelioma of the femoral vein diagnosed by contrast-enhanced ultrasonography: A care–compliant case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

Intravascular epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare endothelial tumor with an intermediate grade of malignancy. We present a case of one woman affected by EHE of the femoral vein. Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography played a role in diagnosing EHE and helped differentiate it from thrombosis. To our knowledge, this is the first reported contrast-enhanced ultrasonography of intravascular EHE in the imaging literature.

Patient concerns:

A 46-year-old woman presented to our hospital due to pain and swelling in her right lower limb since 5 years prior to her presentation.

Diagnoses:

The patient was misdiagnosed as having thrombosis by ultrasound. Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography showed solid lesions with visible blood supply, suggesting angiogenic tumors.

Interventions:

The patient was treated by complete surgical removal of the mass and postoperative radiotherapy. Pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of EHE.

Outcomes:

During follow-up, there were no signs of local or distant relapse.

Lessons:

Intravenous EHE may be misdiagnosed as thrombosis by ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasonography can help make the differential diagnosis.

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