MRI-guided segmental sternectomy for impalpable intraosseous lesion

Francesco Petrella, Monica Casiraghi, Niccolò Filippi, Riccardo Orlandi, Andrea Alliata, Giorgio Lo Iacono, Luigi Funicelli, Stefania Rizzo, Lorenzo Spaggiari


The sternum is an uncommon site for neoplastic lesion and so sternectomy for oncologic indications is rare (1,2). Primary tumors of the sternum represent 0.5% of all primary bone neoplasms, being chondrosarcoma the most frequent, occurring mainly in young male patients (3). The sternum can be the site of isolated bone metastasis from non-bone primary tumors and sternectomy can be indicated in very selected case.