Sternal reconstruction for unusual chondrosarcoma: innovative technique

J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 May 2:7:40. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-7-40.


The authors report a clinical case of a primary sternal chondrosarcoma, presented as a mass in the anterior mediastinum. The patient was treated with subtotal sternectomy and sternal transplantation followed by radiotherapy. Twelve months after surgery, the patient is in good clinical condition, without any sign of tumor relapse and with normal respiratory mechanics. Primary malignant tumors of the sternum are uncommon and a presentation mimicking thymoma is rare and unreported. The stermal replacement with a cryopreserved allograft sternum is an innovative technique that overcomes the problems related to the prosthetic biocompatibility or to the bone autograft.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Bone Transplantation / methods*
  • Chondrosarcoma / pathology
  • Chondrosarcoma / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Sternum / pathology
  • Sternum / surgery*
  • Transplantation, Homologous


  • Biocompatible Materials