My son had an osteochondroma removed from his chest cavity when he was 9 yrs old. It was the size of a canalope and was through his diaphram.Gortex was used to patch the diaphram and plastic ribs were used to replace ones that had to be removed. He is now 28 yrs old and is experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath similar to the symtoms he had at age 9 before surgery.Is the tumor back and what happened to the gortex and ribs as his body grew?
Wow, that's a very large osteochondroma. Most are not anywhere near that size. And the chest is not a common place for these to occur, as for an osteochondroma to form, there must be a physeal growth plate (either epiphyseal or apophyseal). So, they are most common on the long bones, then the pelvis, but can occur in any bone preformed in cartilage.
It is interesting that they used plastic replacement of the ribs. Usually in children, when the ribs are removed, subperiosteally, the periosteum is closed and the ribs will reform within that sleeve. So, in surgeries where the ribs are removed, such a thoracotomies or scoliosis surgery, the ribs are allowed to grow back naturally.
Osteochondromas only come back if a small portion of the stalk or cartilage cap is left behind. So, the tumor probably did not return, but he could be having problems from the Gortx or ribs. He could have developed adhesions from the surgery, and the foreign bodies.
He probably needs to see a cardiothorcic surgeon for an evaluation. Good luck.
My father has an osteochronoma mid-anterior femur and which was small to where you had to push in the muscle to feel it, now you can place your on hand on it and it's at least hand size with pain- The Dr requested X-rays and two days later calls and states it's arthritis. Which this Dr. reports he's never heard MHE and would research it. I really disagree- what do you know about arthritis and the osteochrondroma, and the fact it's on the mid-femur? He doesn't have issues with his knee, nor arthritis else where in his body.