PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura (SFTP) is a rare neoplasm of the pleura. Although an increasing number of case series have been reported in recent years, so far clinical behavior is still unpredictable. The following article presents a detailed review of the recent larger series of SFTP with particular attention to the clinical presentation, pathologic characteristics and surgical features in order to define more precisely the long-term outcome after treatment of this rare entity. RECENT FINDINGS: Usually, after a complete surgical resection a very long survival could be expected in almost all cases. However, the preoperative detection and management of malignant SFTPs are still challenging issues. SUMMARY: SFTP remains an enigmatic tumor. Clinical and radiological assessment is often unsatisfactory to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Benign SFTPs are almost always cured with complete surgical resection, and in cases of recurrence the re-do resection of benign recurrences is usually curative. Long-term survivals are also possible for malignant SFTPs, although a higher recurrence rate and higher tumor-related mortality can be expected in these cases. Histologic characteristics distinguishing benign from malignant variants are crucial in estimating the risk of recurrence and planning adjuvant therapies.
- benign mesothelioma
- benign pleural tumor
- localized fibrous tumor of the pleura
- solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine