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Pulmonary sclerosing haemangioma

Pulmonary sclerosing haemangioma (PSH) (also known as a pneumocytoma of the lung) is a rare benign neoplasm of the lung.


Typically presents in middle age ( ~30-50 years of age). There is a recognised female predilection. 

Clinical presentation 

Most patients are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present will include haemoptysis, cough, chest pain, dyspnea, and pleurisy.


It is a rare benign tumor which is microscopically characterized by four main histological components (solid, papillary, sclerotic, and haemangiomatous) in varying proportions. A thin fibrous pseudocapsule separates it from the adjacent compressed lung parenchyma.

Radiographic features

There can be significant size variability where the lesions range from under 1 cm to ~8 cm in diameter, although most are less than 3.5 cm.

Chest radiograph
  • they usually tend to present as a solitary, well-defined nodular lesion (oval to rounded shadow). 
  • they occasionally contain areas of calcification
  • may show an air-meniscus sign 4: crescentic radiolucency at the periphery of a lung nodule  
CT chest 
  • often seen as a well defined intra-parechymal nodular mass (often juxta pleural)
  • areas of calcification may be present
  • may show a radiolucent zone around the lesion 5
  • shows significant but inhomogeneous enhancement 2,8

History and etymology

It was first described by A A Leibow and D S Hubell in 1956 3.

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