Gorham's disease of the chest wall: CT and MR characteristics

Takashi Okafuji, Hidetake Yabuuchi, Hiroyasu Soeda, Naoki Takahashi, Masamitsu Hatakenaka, Shuji Sakai, Yunosuke Nishihara, Naotaka Noda, Ichiro Inoshima, Hiroshi Honda

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We report a case of Gorham's disease of the chest wall in a 29-year-old man. A chest radiograph showed osteolysis of the left first, second, and third ribs. CT and MR images revealed a soft tissue mass around the affected ribs. The mass presented as having heterogeneous high signal intensity on T2-weighted MR images, and it showed minimal enhancement on contrast-enhanced MR images. A histologic specimen obtained by incisional biopsy from the left third rib revealed proliferation of lymphangiomatous tissue in the bone marrow. A diagnosis of Gorham's disease was made based on these clinical, radiologic, and histologic findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-287
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Okafuji, T., Yabuuchi, H., Soeda, H., Takahashi, N., Hatakenaka, M., Sakai, S., ... Honda, H. (2005). Gorham's disease of the chest wall: CT and MR characteristics. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 20(4), 284-287. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.rti.0000186997.38447.47