Hemangiopericytoma of the sternum

Department of Surgery, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.
Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine (Impact Factor: 2.84). 04/1991; 115(3):242-4.
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Hemangiopericytoma of the chest wall is a rare tumor. We describe a patient with malignant hemangiopericytoma of the sternum who was treated with primary surgical resection and discuss the clinical, radiographic, and histologic features of the case. Surgical resection is the primary mode of therapy. High-dose radiotherapy and chemotherapy with a doxorubicin hydrochloride-containing combination may be warranted in certain cases.

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