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Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia of the ribs: An unusual cause of chest pain and dyspnea

Authors Ozkaya S, Findik S, Demir H, Yuksel C, Atici AG

Published 24 August 2009 Volume 2009:2 Pages 23—25


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Sevket Ozkaya1, Serhat Findik2, Hasan Demir1, Canan Yuksel3, Atilla Guven Atici2

1Samsun Chest Disease and Chest Surgery Hospital, Samsun, Turkey; 2Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Samsun, Turkey; 3Samsun Pathology and Cytology Centre, Samsun, Turkey

Abstract: Fibrous dysplasia is a benign bony abnormality that may be monostotic or polyostotic and is not included in the differential diagnosis of chest pain and dyspnea, since it is typically asymptomatic. A 36-year-old man presented with left-sided chest pain and dsypnea for three months. Chest X-ray and chest computed tomography scan revealed a large solid mass arising from the anterior parts of the left fourth, fifth, and sixth ribs and compressing the adjacent lung parenchyma. The tumor was completely removed surgically and histopathologic examination was consistent with fibrous dysplasia without malignant transformation. This report demonstrates that polyostotic dysplasia of the ribs may cause chest pain and dyspnea and present radiographically as a large mass.

Keywords: chest wall, imaging, computed tomography, thoracotomy

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