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Ewing’s sarcoma of the rib in a child

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S Van Petegem ,

Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium
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L Jans,

Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium
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V Lambrecht,

Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium
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W Huysse,

Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium
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K Verstraete

Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium
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Abstract

A 9-year-old boy was admitted to the emergency department with sudden onset of dyspnea without history of trauma or clinical signs of infection. Clinical examination revealed a painless, asymmetric swelling of the left anterolateral thoracic wall. Chest CT demonstrated expansile, mixed lytic-sclerotic lesions of the 5th rib and the 7th thoracic vertebral body. A large soft tissue mass was seen in the left hemithorax resulting in mediastinal shift and an extrathoracic component was present (Fig. A). MRI showed a large enhancing thoracic soft tissue mass (Fig. B) and a pathological fracture of the 7th thoracic vertebral body. Chest radiograph after central venous line placement illustrates the large size of the mass (Fig. C).

How to Cite: Petegem SV, Jans L, Lambrecht V, Huysse W, Verstraete K. Ewing’s sarcoma of the rib in a child. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2012;95(6):378. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.737
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Published on 01 Nov 2012.
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