Uncommon Pediatric Tumors of the Thorax

Yoav H. Messinger, Kris Ann P. Schultz, Louis P. Dehner

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Although common in the adult population, primary pulmonary malignancies in the age group less than 20 years at diagnosis are quite rare. The most common malignant pulmonary neoplasms in children are, in fact, metastases from other primary tumors, primarily sarcomas. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss a group of neoplasms of diverse pathological types, which have in common their origin from intrathoracic organs or structures or the chest wall, and have been described in children. Most of these neoplasms are malignant, including lymphomas and neuroblastic tumors, although the clinical behavior is dependent upon the specific tumor type and the pathological stage. Several of the tumor types are diagnosed almost exclusively in children, especially the pleuropulmonary blastoma which is the most common primary malignancy of the lung in children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Uncommon Cancer
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781118083734
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Chest wall
  • FLIT
  • GCN
  • IMT
  • Lung and airways
  • Mediastinum
  • NET
  • Neurogenic neoplasms
  • PPB
  • Thorax


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