CT-guided biopsy of intercostal metastasis

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Patient Data

Age: 49
Gender: Female

Chest CT scan shows a mass of soft tissue in anterior left intercostal space that had enhancement (previous study, not shown here). Core needle is positioned at a low angle with chest wall using sternal edge to support and guide a safe path.

Case Discussion

This patient had been treating for a left breast cancer and, on her follow up CT, a left anterior intercostal massa was noted. The oncologist demanded for an histopathology of this lesion.

We tried first an ultrasound-guided approach, but the lesion was not well defined in this imaging modality. So we opted for a CT-guided biopsy.

For a safe approach avoiding lung or heart, the core needle was introduced in a right paramedian point, with a low angle with chest wall, in a way that it would do a long subcutaneous path using sternal edge to support and guide it.

The pathological examination confirmed a breast cancer metastasis. 

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Case information

rID: 28557
Published: 31st Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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