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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-74

Solitary intrathoracic neurofibroma

1 Dr. Joe Nwiloh Heart Center, St Joseph's Hospital, Adazi Nnukwu, Nigeria
2 Department of Pathology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria

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Obinna Innocent Orakwe
Dr. Joe Nwiloh Heart Center, St Joseph's Hospital, Adazi Nnukwu, Anambra State
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DOI: 10.4103/2468-7391.195960

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Neurofibroma and schwannoma are rare benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors and both combined account for the majority of intrathoracic neurogenic tumors seen in adults. They are difficult to distinguish clinically except by immunohistochemistry. A 50-year-old female nonsmoker presented with a 2-year history of right-sided chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath. Chest X-ray showed a large right chest mass confirmed on chest computed tomography scan and measured 14 cm Χ 15 cm Χ 10 cm. The patient subsequently underwent a right posterolateral thoracotomy with complete resection of the tumor, which was diagnosed on immunostains as a neurofibroma. At 1-year follow-up, the patient remains asymptomatic with no evidence of recurrent tumor.

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