Thoracoscopic Resection of an Intercostal Neurinoma

Apostolos C. Agrafiotis, Polychronis Ikonomidis, Nikolaos Stamos, Sotirios Moraitis


Neurinomas are benign tumors representing up to 5% of soft tissue neoplasms, discovered mostly incidentally. We report the case of a 25-year old Caucasian male patient with a left apical coin lesion on a routine chest radiogram. Further radiologic workup and a percutaneous transthoracic biopsy revealed an intercostal neurinoma. A thoracoscopic resection of the tumor was performed. The pathologic examination confirmed the initial diagnosis. Follow-up after 12 months showed no tumor recurrence. The surgical technique is described and different aspects regarding diagnosis and treatment of intercostal neurinomas are further discussed.

J Med Cases. 2011;2(6):248-251


Thoracoscopy; Intercostal; Neurinoma

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