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Unusual Case of Pneumothorax Caused by Costal Osteochondroma

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Osteochondroma is the most common benign cartilage tumor. Although, most lesions are asymptomatic, life-threatening conditions caused osteochondromas have been reported in the literature such pneumothorax, hemothorax, diaphragmatic rupture, and lung injury. We report a case of a thirty year old male who presented with shortness of breath and was found to have a pneumothorax on chest X-ray. Subsequent Computed Tomography of the chest revealed a 1.3 cm growth on the posterior portion of the fourth right rib protruding into the right middle lobe. The patient underwent thoracoscopic resection of the lesion along with a wedge resection of the right middle lobe. The rib was reconstructed using a metal plate. He remains asymptomatic without recurrence on a one year follow up.

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R. Vemula, S. Shah and L. Willekes II, "Unusual Case of Pneumothorax Caused by Costal Osteochondroma," Open Journal of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 108-110. doi: 10.4236/ojts.2012.24022.


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