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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 113-114
Case Report

Solitary Fibrous Tumour of the Pleura: A Case Report

George Rakovich, Maxime Laflamme, Denise Ouellette, and Gilles Beauchamp

Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Solitary fibrous tumours of the pleura are rare pleural neoplasms that are distinct from mesothelioma. Most of them are benign, although some behave aggressively; morphological and pathological features are important in distinguishing them from mesothelioma and in predicting clinical behaviour. Solitary fibrous tumours often grow to a large size before causing symptoms, and are characteristically associated with hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy in up to 20% of cases. In cases of benign lesions, complete resection is usually curative. A case involving a 62-year-old woman who underwent surgical resection of a solitary fibrous tumour of the pleura measuring 25 cm in size is described.