BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-217880
  • Rare disease

Solitary fibrous tumour: a rare tumour of the pleural cavity

  1. Edward Altman
  1. Surgery, The Galilee Medical Center, Nahariya, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ronit Bar-Haim, ronitbarh{at}
  • Accepted 22 June 2017
  • Published 16 July 2017


Solitary fibrous tumours are a rare group of tumours that originate from connective tissues such as the pleura and mediastinum. When growing within the thoracic cavity these tumours exert pressure on vital organs and large vessels. We have successfully operated on two patients with large solitary fibrous tumours and managed the pathophysiological changes manifested as superior vena cava syndrome resulting from these tumours.


  • Contributors RB is the main author. EA was responsible for planning. AG and AS were responsible for conception and design.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Detail has been removed from this case description/these case descriptions to ensure anonymity. The editors and reviewers have seen the detailed information available and are satisfied that the information backs up the case the authors are making.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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