A huge lymphangioma mimicking pleural effusion with extension to both chest cavities: A case report and review of literature

Mohsen Sokouti, Nassir Rostambeigi, Monireh Halimi, Seyed Ziaeddin Rasihashemi

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Abstract

Mediastinal lymphangioma is primarily a benign lesion and the majority of the cases are found incidentally. These lesions account for approximately 1% of all mediastinal tumors. Here we present a giant mediastinal cystic mass in a 35-year-old female who was presented with severe respiratory distress. On the plain chest radiography and CT scan, a massive left pleural effusion with large parasternal and mediastinal lymphadenopathy was seen. Thoracentesis was performed and 400 cm³ of clear fluid was drained from the left hemithorax. However, a subsequent CT scan with contrast and the same technique 40 days later showed a large cystic mass in the mediastinum protruding to the right and left hemi thoraces. The giant cystic mass was resected via right and left anterior thoracotomies. Histopathological examination revealed a diagnosis of lymphangioma. The patient has been alive and without tumor recurrence and has been followed for 2 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalIranian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume40
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Lymphangioma
  • Mediastinum
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Surgery

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