Ectopic pancreas in a giant mediastinal cyst
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SourceClinical Respiratory Journal, 10, 1, (2016), pp. 125-8
Article / Letter to editor
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Cardio Thoracic Surgery
Clinical Respiratory Journal
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Ectopic pancreas located in the mediastium is an extremely rare anomaly. We present a case of an ectopic pancreas located in a giant mediastinal cyst in an 18-year-old man. He presented with symptoms of dyspnea due to external compression of the cyst on the left main bronchus. Complete surgical resection was performed through median sternotomy, with relief of the bronchial compression postoperatively. Literature review showed 20 previously reported cases. These masses were usually large (>10 cm), almost exclusively located in the anterior mediastinum, predominately cystic in nature and generally benign. Surgical resection was performed in all reported cases with a favorable prognosis. Due to the size of these masses, operative treatment can be challenging and should be carefully planned, with specific considerations regarding anesthetic and surgical management.
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