A huge mass destroying the fifth rib : A rare case of cavernous haemangioma

Sirmali M., Tueruet H. , Findik G., Agackiran Y., Kaya S.

ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA, vol.107, no.4, pp.454-456, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00015458.2007.11680097
  • Title of Journal : ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.454-456


A 28-year-old female patient presented with back pain, dyspnea and coughing. Chest radiograph showed a mass in the middle zone of the right hemithorax. CT confirmed the mass was confined to the 5th rib. During the exploratory thoracotomy, a smooth, firm mass measuring 7 x 9 x 5 cm was found to have destroyed the middle and posterior parts of the 5th rib. Together with the adjacent intercostal muscles, the 5th rib was excised en-block. Postoperative pathology was cavernous haemangioma. Cavernous haemangioma of the rib is very rare, and very few cases have been reported in the literature.