Tumors within the chest cavity are extremely rare in childhood. Most of those reported occupy the mediastinal space, arising from the structures contained therein, or are embryonal in character.
The occurrence of a sarcoma in a child, arising from the inner aspect of a rib and filling the right thoracic cavity, is of such rarity that we believe the following case report is of interest.
REPORT OF CASE
History.—A boy, aged 12 years, came to the outpatient department in 1919, complaining of being easily tired, of losing weight and of elevations of temperature in the evenings. His father died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1917. A positive Pirquet and a 4 plus Wassermann reaction were the only positive findings at that time. Antisyphilitic treatment was followed indifferently until 1923. The boy occasionally complained of cough, loss of weight and abdominal pain. Nov. 26, 1924, he was admitted to the hospital,
DWYER HL, HELWIG FC. INTRATHORACIC TUMORS IN CHILDREN: REPORT OF A CASE. Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(6):799–803. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920180059005
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