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Combined pulmonary lobectomy for surgical treatment of a malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the chest wall: a case report

Yi Liu, Gang Chen*, Yi Wu, Renwang Liu, Song Xu, Jun Chen* and Qinghua Zhou*

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Department of Lung Cancer Surgery, Tianjin Lung Cancer Institute, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin 30052, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2014, 9:21  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-9-21

Published: 23 January 2014



A malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) rarely originates from the chest wall.

Clinical findings

In this case, we describe a 59-year-old Chinese woman who presented with an enormous mass originating from the left chest wall and involving the left upper pulmonary lobe.


After a radical en-block resection of the entire chest mass with left upper pulmonary lobectomy, and the chest wall reconstruction, a histopathologic diagnosis of the giant cell MFH was rendered. She has done well postoperatively, showing no local recurrence or distal disease in an 8-month follow-up period.


Although a MFH originating from the chest wall is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a chest wall tumor.

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Malignant fibrous histiocytoma; Differential diagnosis; Chest wall tumor