BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3718
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A lung mass: when the history helps the diagnosis

  1. Alessandro Ventura1
  1. 1Paediatrics Department, IRCSS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy
  2. 2Radiology Department, IRCSS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jenny Bua, jennybua{at}


A 7-years-old boy was referred to our hospital because of a large left upper para-mediastinal mass at x-rays (figure 1A) with the suspicion of lymphoma. He had no respiratory symptoms, auscultation was normal. High-resolution CT showed a large consolidated mass (4 × 3.5 cm × 7.4 cm) in the left upper pulmonary lobe, of lung origin as two bronchial branches (figure 1B). At admission the boy …

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