Chondroblastoma with pulmonary metastasis in a patient presenting with spontaneous bilateral pneumothorax: Report of a case

Surg Today. 2011 Oct;41(10):1439-41. doi: 10.1007/s00595-010-4469-8. Epub 2011 Sep 16.


Chondroblastoma is a benign bone tumor with a relatively high incidence in older children and adolescents. Although it is generally regarded as a benign neoplasm, it sometimes grows aggressively or recurs but rarely metastasizes to the lung. We herein present a very rare case of a bilateral pneumothorax due to a pulmonary metastasis from a chondroblastoma. A 21-year-old man developed a bilateral pneumothorax 20 months after an operation for a chondroblastoma of the right ischium. A pertinent literature review revealed similar cases of chondroblastoma with pulmonary metastasis, but revealed no reports of a pneumothorax caused by a metastatic chondroblastoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Chondroblastoma / complications*
  • Chondroblastoma / diagnosis
  • Chondroblastoma / secondary
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications*
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Male
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Radiography
  • Young Adult