Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a noncancerous tumor of the lining of the lung and chest cavity, an area called the pleura. SFT used to be called localized fibrous mesothelioma.
The exact cause of SFT remains unknown. This type of tumor affects men and women equally.
Exams and Tests
SFT is usually found by accident when a chest x-ray is done for other reasons. If the health care provider suspects SFT, tests will be ordered. These may include:
The diagnosis of SFT is difficult compared with the cancerous type of this disease, called malignant mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. SFT is not caused by asbestos exposure.
Treatment is usually to remove the tumor.
The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment. In rare cases, the tumor may return.
Fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs (pleural effusion) is a complication.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Contact your provider for an appointment if you notice symptoms of SFT.
Mesothelioma - benign; Mesothelioma - fibrous; Pleural fibroma
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Review Date 8/3/2020
Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS, Paul F. Harron, Jr. Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.