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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 139404, 3 pages
Case Report

Solitary Fibrous Tumour of the Pleura Presenting as a Spontaneous Massive Haemothorax

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Via Olgettina 60, 20132 Milan, Italy
2Department of Pulmonary Diseases, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

Received 17 September 2013; Accepted 31 October 2013; Published 9 January 2014

Academic Editors: K. Honma, M. L. Quek, and C. Vergani

Copyright © 2014 Giampiero Negri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Solitary fibrous tumours of the pleura are rare neoplasms. These tumours are generally asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed. Symptoms, if present, are nonspecific such as cough, dyspnea, and chest pain. This report describes the case of a 38-year-old woman admitted to our department after the onset of a right massive spontaneous haemothorax requiring emergency surgical treatment. Intraoperatively a bleeding pleural mass was found to be the cause of the haemothorax. The tumour was successfully resected and the patient made an uneventful recovery. Histological examination revealed the mass to be a solitary fibrous tumour of the pleura.