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Open Access Case report

Refractory bleeding from a chest wall sarcoma: a rare indication for palliative resection

Daniel J Weber1*, John J Coleman2 and Kenneth A Kesler3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Divisions of General Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

2 Department of Surgery, Divisions of Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

3 Department of Surgery, Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013, 8:82  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-8-82

Published: 12 April 2013

Abstract

We report a case of a 57-year-old male who presented with an inoperable chest wall sarcoma due to numerous pulmonary metastases and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The patient subsequently developed refractory bleeding from the chest wall tumor requiring palliative chest wall resection and reconstruction. The patient made an uneventful recovery however died from metastatic disease 8 months later. This case represents a very rare indication for palliative chest wall resection.

Keywords:
Chest wall sarcoma; Refractory bleeding; Palliative resection