What is the prevalence of malignant solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) of the pleura?

Updated: Dec 25, 2019
  • Author: Joseph F Tomashefski, Jr, MD; more...
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SFT is the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the pleura. It most frequently occurs in the sixth to seventh decade but has a wide age distribution, from 5-87 years. SFTs are rare in children younger than 10 years. Among 223 pleural SFTs reported by England et al, 82 (37%) were considered to be malignant. There is an approximately equal sex distribution for both benign and malignant SFTs. [8, 9]

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