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Resected osteochondroma of the rib in an elderly patient


Solitary osteochondroma of the rib is a rare primary chest wall tumor. Herein, we report a case of a successfully resected osteochondroma of the rib. The patient was a 73-year-old asymptomatic woman who came to our hospital regularly for treatment of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. A checkup chest roentgenogram showed a shadow at the right anterior chest wall consistent with a mass, and computed tomography showed a tumor arising from the right fourth rib. Because it was impossible to exclude completely the diagnosis of a well-differentiated chondrosarcoma, we performed resection of the right anterior chest wall and a re construction with a rigid prosthesis. The post operative course of the patient was unremarkable. The final pathological diagnosis of the rib tumor was osteochondroma.

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Kikuchi, R., Mino, N., Matsukura, T. et al. Resected osteochondroma of the rib in an elderly patient. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 58, 588–591 (2010).

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Key words

  • Osteochondroma
  • Exostosis
  • Chest wall tumor
  • Surgery