Bronchopneumonia Disguising Lung Metastases of a Painless Central Chondrosarcoma of Pubis

Consolato SERGI1, Friedrich WILLIG2, Marc THOMSEN3, Herwart F OTTO1, Burkhard KREMPIEN1

1Institute of Pathology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
2Speyererhof Lehrkrankenhaus, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany


Chondrosarcoma is a generally locally malignant chondroid-forming bone tumor with a low potential for distant metastases. A small and completely painless central chondrosarcoma of pubis metastasizing to the lungs in a 63-year-old woman with bronchopneumonia is reported. Here we emphasize the mimicry and low growth of the chondrosarcoma and the easiness with which the diagnosis in completely asymptomatic patients can be missed. Although painless chondrosarcoma metastasizing to lung is rather rare, this tumor should be always included in the differential diagnosis of malignancies in this age category. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 3, Nr 3, 211-214, 1997

Key words: lung metastasis; primary chondrosarcoma

Received: Jun 10, 1997; accepted: Sep 4, 1997
Correspondence: Consolato SERGI, Institute of Pathology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 220 Heidelberg D-69120, Germany; Tel: +49-6221-562640, Fax: +49-6221-565251; E-mail:

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