Sternal osteosarcoma

Case contributed by Dr Avni K P Skandhan


Painful sternal swelling

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Expansile, lytic, enhancing soft tissue mass seen destroying the entire sternum with intrathoracic extent, involvement of costochondral cartilages and seen to extent up to the skin.

Case Discussion

Sternal osteosarcoma is a relatively rare entity. It is seen most often in elderly patients. It is seen to occur as secondary lesions in patients with previous radiation therapy ; however that was not the case in ours. Patient usually presents as a painful mass. The survival rate is about 15%.

Radiographically, sternal osteosarcoma appears as a masslike lesion that consists of bone and soft tissue and contains areas of osteolytic change, calcification, and osteoid matrix .

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Case information

rID: 25483
Published: 27th Oct 2013
Last edited: 7th Oct 2015
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