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Unusual cause of pleuritic chest pain in a child
  1. Georgina Yan1,
  2. Alastair Littlewood2,
  3. Mark David Latimer3,4
  1. 1University of Leicester Medical School, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, Peterborough, UK
  3. 3Department of Orthopaedics, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, Peterborough, UK
  4. 4Department of Orthopaedics, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mark David Latimer, mark.latimer{at}


We present the case of a 5-year-old boy with hereditary multiple exostoses who presented with left-sided pleuritic chest pain. A CT scan of the chest revealed an intrathoracic exostosis in close association with the heart.

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  • Contributors GY wrote the report. AL assisted with advice and reconstructing the three-dimensional CT images. MDL edited and partially rewrote the report.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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