2013, Number 4
AMC 2013; 17 (4)
García AÁP, Pacheco TF, Sánchez PY, Piñero GM
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ABSTRACTBackground: 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.