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July 1960

Reticulum-Cell Sarcoma of a Rib: Report of a Case with a 18-Year Symptom-Free Survival

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Bellevue Hospital and the Laboratory of Surgical Pathology, Columbia University.

Arch Surg. 1960;81(1):107-111. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300010109020

Review of the literature of reticulum-cell sarcoma of bone fails to reveal any detailed description of a case with primary origin in the ribs. The few cases that have been mentioned were included in summary articles with only meager details. The following case is an example of long survival of a relatively large chest-wall tumor, originating in a rib and successfully treated by surgery.

Report of Case 

History.  —Patient is a 19-year-old female Negro, who was admitted May 25, 1942, with a swelling beneath her right breast involving the sixth, seventh, and eighth ribs, extending from the costochondral junction laterally to about the anterior axillary line, measuring about 10×7 cm. in diameter. She gave a history of having injured her right chest seven years previously, at which time she had noticed pain under her breast. This pain persisted intermittently since that time, and occasionally was so severe as to keep