2021 March
Volume : 9 Issue : 1

Primary tumors of the ribs – A pictorial essay

Kakarla S

Pdf Page Numbers :- 31-40

Subbarao Kakarla1,2,*


1KIMS Foundation and Research Centre, Minister Road, Secunderabad - 500003, Telangana, India

2Kakarla Subba Rao Radiological and Imaging Educational Sciences Trust (KREST), ShaikpetNala, Hyderabad - 500008, Telangana, India


*Corresponding author: Prof. Kakarla Subbarao, MS, D.Sc. (HON), FRCR, FACR, FICP, FSASMA, FCCP, FICR, FCGP, Chairman - KREST, 8-1-300/2, Shaikpet Nala, Hyderabad, 500008, Telangana, India. Email:


Received 17 August 2020; Revised 30 November 2020; Accepted 14 December 2020; Published 31 December 2020


Citation: Kakarla S. Primary tumors of the ribs – A pictorial essay. J Med Sci Res. 2021; 9(1):31-40. DOI:


Copyright: © 2021 Kakarla S. Published by KIMS Foundation and Research Center. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Primary tumors of the ribs are rare. However, they are often seen due to the high number of bones of the ribs and also the frequency of chest films taken for various conditions. They may be benign or malignant. Tumor like lesions are more in number than primary tumors of the ribs. Chest film is the first one to detect the tumor. Benign tumors include tumors arising from the osseous tissue, cartilaginous tissue, fibrous tissue, vascular tissue and other miscellaneous tumors arising from the other part of tissues. Similarly, primary malignant lesions arise from the tissues as mentioned earlier. Radiologically, there are several signs to identify and diagnose these tumors. Some of the lesions need advanced imaging such as CT, ultrasound, MRI, nuclide scan and PET CT.


Keywords: bone tumors; ribs; conventional radiology; CT; MRI; PET CT; tumoral conditions; differential diagnosis