Solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura: Clinical, radiological, surgical and pathological evaluation

S. C. Lee, C. Tzao, S. M. Ou, H. H. Hsu, C. P. Yu, Y. L. Cheng

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Aims. To report a clinicopathological series of cases of solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura from Taiwan. Methods. Clinical data was collected from a review of medical records and telephone interviewing for follow-up. Results. Eight patients, three men and five women aging from 34 to 71 years, underwent tumor resection and were followed in a period from 7 months to 13.5 years. Six patients underwent standard thoracotomy and two had VATS for tumor excision. Tumors were pathologically benign in seven patients and malignant in one. Patients were all alive with no evidence of tumor recurrence at the time of this report. Conclusions. One should always consider SFTPs as potentially malignant tumors. Complete resection remains the mainstay of cure. Standard thoracotomy should always be considered when a high suspicion of malignancy is raised, whereas VATS may be a preferred approach for smaller tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura (SFTPs)
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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