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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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GARCIA ALVERO, Ángel Pastor; PACHECO TELLEZ, Francisco; SANCHEZ PEREZ, Yosvany  y  PINERO GONZALEZ, Melba. Giant chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall: a case presentation. AMC [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp. 490-498. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: chondrosarcoma is a malignant tumor of the cartilage-producing cells and it is divided into two groups: primary and secondary, but it can be also classified according to the location and the histological degree. Objective: to present an infrequent case of giant chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall with infiltration in the left ribs. Clinical case: a seventy-four-year-old patient with hypertension antecedents came to the Surgery Department because, for 13 years, he showed volume increase in his left pectoral region; the growth had accelerated in the last six months. In the physical examination a fifteen-centimeter tumor was detected in the left precordial region, adhered to deep planes; it was non-displaced, non-painful, multilobate, hot, and with visible superficial venous circulation. Conclusions: the histological diagnosis was primary chondrosarcoma. The patient underwent a surgery with block removal of the tumorous mass and thoracoplasty; but soon afterward he showed complications while staying in the Intensive Care Unit and died of pulmonary thromboembolism in sella.


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