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Respir Investig. 2013 Sep;51(3):200-4. doi: 10.1016/j.resinv.2013.04.001. Epub 2013 Jun 13.

Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura: ultrasonographic imaging findings of 3 cases.

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  • 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, School of Medicine, Juntendo University, 2-1-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-8421, Japan.


Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) of the pleura is a rare tumor of mesenchymal origin. Although radiographic findings of thoracic computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of SFTs of the pleura have been documented, the value of ultrasonography is uncertain. We presented the ultrasonographic findings of 3 pathologically proven cases of SFTs arising from the visceral pleura. In all the cases, thoracic ultrasonography demonstrated homogeneous, hypoechoic, hemicycle, extrapulmonary lesions, which showed respiratory movement with the adjacent lung, consistent with pedunculated tumors. Preoperative thoracic ultrasonography could be useful in the evaluation of patients with pleural tumors, especially SFTs.

© 2013 The Japanese Respiratory Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


CT; MRI; Pleural tumor; Preoperative diagnosis; SFT; Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura; US; Ultrasonography; computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging; solitary fibrous tumor; ultrasonography

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