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Middle mediastinal schwannoma concealed by asthma and GORD

Summary

Neurogenic tumours of the mediastinum in adults occur most often at the posterior mediastinum, majority of which are benign of nerve sheath in origin. A 72-year-old woman, known asthmatic, presented with chronic symptoms of hoarseness, dysphagia, chest heaviness, easy fatigability, cough, epigastric pain, feeling of abdominal fullness and choking with food intake and at a supine position. Treated for other disorders, routine chest X-ray incidentally found a homogenous convex radiodensity at the right paratracheal area; mass which was also observed with CT and 18F-fludeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/CT scan studies. Mediastinoscopy with biopsy showed spindle to plump cells with strong S100 positivity. Thoracoscopic surgery done to completely excise the mass found it to be benign schwannoma.

  • neural sheath tumour
  • neurilemmoma
  • schwannoma

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