Giant chondroblastoma of the scapula with pulmonary metastases

Skeletal Radiol. 2006 Jan;35(1):42-8. doi: 10.1007/s00256-005-0917-8. Epub 2005 Jul 9.


A 53-year-old man presented with a 12-year history of a progressively growing solid mass at his left shoulder. A 39x30x18-cm and 14.440-kg mass including the scapula was resected. Pathologic features were specific for chondroblastoma. During the 36-month follow-up, he had multiple inoperable metastatic lesions in his lungs. Histology of the transthoracic needle biopsy showed the metastatic nodules had features specific for chondroblastoma; however, the microscopic features additionally had hyperchromasia and increased mitotic activity in some areas. In the English literature, there are a few cases of chondroblastoma located in the scapula. It is exceptional to see this lesion in the sixth decade of life and with pulmonary metastases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Chondroblastoma / diagnosis*
  • Chondroblastoma / secondary*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Scapula / diagnostic imaging*
  • Scapula / pathology*