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Solitary fibrous tumour of the pleura: an incidental finding
  1. Luca Conti1,
  2. Tiffany Buhagiar2,
  3. Paul Farrugia3 and
  4. Michael Pace Bardon1
  1. 1Respiratory Medicine, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta
  2. 2Pathology, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta
  3. 3Oncology, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Farrugia; paul-mark.farrugia{at}


We herein report a relatively rare case of a woman in her 30s with an incidental lung finding. She subsequently underwent resection for what was considered to be a solitary fibrous tumour of the pleura (SFTP). SFTPs are rare, slow-growing neoplasms from mesenchymal origin. These tumours are histologically characterised by proliferation of bland-looking spindled cells, arranged in a patternless pattern, with hypocellular and hypercellular areas set in a hyalinised stroma. Complete en bloc surgical excision (with margin negativity) is the treatment of choice for both benign and malignant SFTPs. Due to the possibility of local recurrence with benign and malignant SFTPs, clinical and radiological follow-up is recommended.

  • pathology
  • radiology
  • cardiothoracic surgery
  • pneumonia (respiratory medicine)

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  • Contributors LC: cared for patient, prepared radiology images, prepared, reviewed and submitted manuscript; TB: prepared pathology images and prepared and reviewed manuscript; PF: prepared radiology images, prepared, reviewed and submitted manuscript; MPB: cared for patient and prepared and reviewed manuscript.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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