Solitary fibrous tumors are cellular growths that have the potential to develop in various regions of the body. These tumors originate from the supportive connective tissues and can occur in individuals across different age groups, primarily affecting older adults. It’s important to keep in mind that solitary fibrous tumors are rare cases.
Solitary fibrous tumors commonly manifest in the pleura, the outer lining of the lungs, and are referred to as pleural solitary fibrous tumors. However, these tumors have also been detected in various regions of the body, including the head, neck, breast, kidney, prostate, spinal cord, and other areas of the body.
Solitary fibrous tumors are primarily considered benign, meaning they are not cancerous and do not possess the ability to spread to other parts of the body. However, it’s important to note that although rare, there have been instances where solitary fibrous tumors have shown malignant characteristics. The potential to metastasize to distant sites pose a greater health risks. These malignant solitary fibrous tumors require more extensive medical intervention and management.
Solitary fibrous tumors typically exhibit a slow growth pattern and may remain asymptomatic until they reach a larger size. The presence of symptoms is dependent on the tumor’s location within the body, and if it develops in the lungs, it can cause coughing and shortness of breath. Early detection and medical evaluation are important to diagnose and manage solitary fibrous tumors effectively.
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