BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006276
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Mediastinal cyst: a rare cause of acute respiratory distress in an adult

  1. Mitra Shahidi1
  1. 1Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, UK
  2. 2John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Zoe Elizabeth Barber, zbarber{at}


A 57-year-old woman attended the accident and emergency department in acute respiratory distress with a background of a longstanding retrosternal ‘ache’. She had previously presented to the accident and emergency department with a similar history, which responded to nebulised salbutamol, and had therefore previously been given a diagnosis of asthma. On …

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