Thoracic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor: A case report and literature review

Jeremy B. Richards*, Jonathan Marotti, Malcolm M. Decamp, David H. Roberts

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A 94-year-old man with cough presented with a large intrathoracic mass at thoracic imaging. Biopsy indicated a sarcomatous malignancy. There was no radiographic or clinical evidence of metastatic spread. Medical and radiation oncologists believed that chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy would be ineffective. Video-assisted thoracoscopic exploration, followed by left hemiclamshell sternothoracotomy allowed resection of the mass en bloc without complication. Histopathologic review showed a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, a rare soft-tissue sarcoma subtype, and a rare etiology of an intrathoracic mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-301
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Pulmonary Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • rapidly growing mediastinal mass
  • sarcoma
  • thoracic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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