Torre W, Rodriguez-Spiteri N, Sola JJ, Delgado M. Localized fibrous tumors of the pleura: experience with 7 recent cases. Arch Bronconeumol 2004 Jul;40(7):329-332
OBJECTIVE: Localized fibrous tumors of the pleura are
rare. We report 7 cases and review the literature in order to
define the range of clinical characteristics of these tumors,
treatment options, and prognosis.
METHODS: A retrospective review of 7 cases treated between
1997 and 2003, focusing on clinical presentation, diagnostic tests,
and treatment. The tumor was removed surgically in all cases,
by thoracotomy in 6 cases and by video-assisted thoracoscopic
surgery in 1 patient.
RESULTS: All patients recovered fully after surgery, with no
postoperative complications. One patient experienced recurrence
twice, 33 and 67 months after the initial resection. All are alive
at the time of writing, after a mean follow up period of 19
months (range 1 month to 5 years and 10 months).
CONCLUSIONS: The treatment of choice for a fibrous tumor
of the pleura is full resection and follow up to detect possible