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Solitary fibrous tumour of mediastinum: an often asymptomatic neoplasm
  1. Gerard Sexton1,2,
  2. Joseph McLoughlin2,
  3. Louise Burke3 and
  4. Kishore Doddakula2
  1. 1General Medicine, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  3. 3Pathology, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Gerard Sexton; gerardsexton{at}


Solitary fibrous tumours (SFTs) are rare neoplasms derived from mesenchymal cell lines. They are often asymptomatic, follow an indolent growth pattern and are more often benign than malignant. Here, we present a case of a very large, asymptomatic mediastinal SFT in an otherwise healthy man. A 67-year-old Irish man was referred for workup of an asymptomatic murmur. Auscultation of the lung fields revealed diminished breath sounds on the right side. Chest X-ray identified a 20 cm mass localised within the thorax. CT of the thorax confirmed a pleural based, solid lesion with no local invasion. CT-guided core biopsies were reported as consistent with SFT. Primary excision of the lesion was undertaken via median sternotomy. Histological examination confirmed a diagnosis of SFT. The patient remains well at this time. Primary excisive surgery is a safe and effective treatment modality for SFTs.

  • lung cancer (oncology)
  • cardiothoracic surgery

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  • Contributors GS—composition and collation of case report, integration of reviewers comments, corresponding author. JML—initial review and commentary. LB—histological analysis and report provision. KD—supervising consultant and final review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

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