Intercostal hemangioma: Case report
Intercostal hemangioma is an extremely rare disease. It is difficult to distinguish intercostal hemangioma from other chest wall tumors. The difficulty in preoperative diagnosis may result in incomplete surgical resection and hence a high rate of recurrence.

A 14-year-old boy who presented with asymptomatic right lateral chest wall mass with no history of trauma. Different radiological modalities were employed for diagnosis including computed tomography (CT) showed a soft tissue mass 6.5 × 4 × 5.6 cm in size abutting 5th and 6th ribs. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed iso-intense signal in T1 and hyperintense signal in T2, that is higher than that of adjacent muscles in the inferolateral right chest wall which was compatible with intercostal hemangioma.

The patient underwent surgery for excision of the mass. Through right posterolateral thoracotomy, there was a well-demarcated mass abutting 5th, and 6th ribs filling the right 5th interspaces. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of intercostal hemangioma.

Source: International Journal of Surgery case reports

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