Onur Argan1, Dilek Ural2

1Kocaeli State Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli 41300, Turkey
2Kocaeli University Medical Faculty, Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli 41000, Turkey

Keywords: Heart failure; Phantom tumor; Vanishing tumor


In heart failure localized interlober pleural effusion is rare but well-known finding. But there is not enough case reports in the literature. This radiological finding seems like a mass and undergoes resolution quickly, It is also known as vanishing tumor, pseudotumor or phantom tumor. It is difficult to estimate the incidence due to the small number of reported cases. Determination of the mass appearance in chest X-ray should be reminded the phantom tumor especially in heart failure patient. This diagnosis would prevent unnecessary expensive diagnostic procedures, wrong diagnosis and treatment.