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Suboccipital malignant solitary fibrous tumor: Report of a case

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February 18, 2012
by M. Geraldine Zuniga, MD, Brent A. Orr, MD, Steven S. Chang, MD, and Ralph P. Tufano, MD, FACS


Solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) are rare soft-tissue sarcomas usually arising in the pleura of the thoracic cavity. Thirty percent of SFTs present in extrapleural locations, and infrequently in the head and neck region. While the majority of SFTs are benign, aggressive variants have been described. We report a case of a patient with a malignant SFT arising in the suboccipital soft tissues of the neck. We elucidate the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in managing this tumor in this unusual location.

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