Aims and objectives
Describe common primary chest wall tumors in terms of location,
and clinical features. 2.
Identify chest wall tumors on the basis of their chest X-ray (CXR) appearances and CT imaging. 3.
Discuss imaging findings facilitating the differential diagnoses of bone and soft-tissue tumors.
Methods and materials
Tumors of the chest wall can be benign or malignant and can take origin from any of its components.
The majority of malignant chest wall tumors are metastatic lesions from other organs or they are the result of direct invasion of a tumor from the lung parenchyma. Radiographic tools for imaging these lesions consist mainly of plain radiographs,
Radiologic evaluation of these tumors is essential in determining resectability and planning reconstruction.
Primary chest wall tumor is rare and represents about 5% of all thoracic neoplasms [1,
It encompasses tumors of various origins,
including bone and cartilage,
soft tissue such as muscle,
and even some hematologic diseases [1,
Only 8% of primary bone tumors occur in the chest wall.
The clinical presentation of primary chest wall tumor is nonspecific.
The most frequent symptoms in patients with primary chest wall tumors were palpable mass and pain.
Chest Wall Tumors is a difficult disease to characterize radiographically because of its diffuse nature and propensity to infiltrate between tissue planes.
Surgical biopsy remains the gold standard for diagnosis.
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