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Mediastinal masses- the bad, the ugly and the unusual

In Indian Journal of Medical and Pediatric Oncology
By: Ganesan P.
Contributor(s): Thulkar S | Agarwal S | Bajpai J | Kapoor A | lalitaiims@yahoo.com | Kumar L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 28 Issues 3.Publisher: 2007Description: 11-16.Subject(s): DDC classification: In: Indian Journal of Medical and Pediatric OncologySummary: Background: Differential diagnosis of mediastinal masses is wide and management of individual cases can be challenging. In addition to common malignancies e.g. lymphomas and thymomas. Many other benign and malignant conditions can present with mediastinal masses. Patients and Methods: We describe five patients with a diagnosis of mediastinal mass. We wish to showcase the range of diagnosis possible in these situations. This is followed by a brief discussion on the general approach to such cases. Conclusion: A good history, detailed careful clinical examination, judicious use of imaging and investigations e.g. blood counts and tumour makers can give a vital clue to the diagnosis of mediastinal mass.
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Background: Differential diagnosis of mediastinal masses is wide and management of individual cases can be challenging. In addition to common malignancies e.g. lymphomas and thymomas. Many other benign and malignant conditions can present with mediastinal masses.
Patients and Methods: We describe five patients with a diagnosis of mediastinal mass. We wish to showcase the range of diagnosis possible in these situations. This is followed by a brief discussion on the general approach to such cases.
Conclusion: A good history, detailed careful clinical examination, judicious use of imaging and investigations e.g. blood counts and tumour makers can give a vital clue to the diagnosis of mediastinal mass.

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