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Ichiro Chihara, Satoshi Nitta, Tomokazu Kimura, Shuya Kandori, Takashi Kawahara, Natsui Waku, Takahiro Kojima, Akira Joraku, Jun Miyazaki, Hitoshi Iwasaki, Hiroaki Suzuki, Koji Kawai, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
We reported two cases of hyperthyroidism that developed during induction chemotherapy for advanced germ cell tumors with high serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels. Case 1 : An 18-year-old man with mediastinal choriocarcinoma complained of tachycardia and tremor. His pretreatment serum hCG level was 1.37 million mIU/ml. The free thyroxine (fT4) level measured on day 2 of the first course of bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin (BEP) was elevated to 7.8 ng/dl (<1.7 ng/dl), whereasthe thyroidstimulating hormone (TSH) level was undetectable...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Zhi-Gang Chu, Bo Sheng, Meng-Qi Liu, Fa-Jin Lv, Qi Li, Yu Ouyang
OBJECTIVES: To clarify differences between solitary pulmonary inflammatory lesions and peripheral lung cancers with contrast-enhanced computed tomography. METHODS: In total, 64 and 132 patients with solitary pulmonary inflammatory masses/nodules and peripheral lung cancers, respectively, were enrolled in this study. Their computed tomographic findings were summarized and compared retrospectively. RESULTS: Compared with the peripheral lung cancers, the inflammatory lesions were located closer to the pleura (p<0...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Dustin Anderson, Grayson Beecher, Trevor Steve, Ho Jen, Richard Camicioli, Douglas W Zochodne
INTRODUCTION: Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is a common lymphoid malignancy rarely associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). In most cases, GBS does not precede HL. METHODS: We describe a patient with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) who fulfilled criteria for GBS that heralded undiagnosed HL. RESULTS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) studies revealed albuminocytologic dissociation with significant protein elevation (250 mg/dL)...
October 18, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Elpis-Athina Vlachopapadopoulou, Marina Vakaki, Fotini-Eleni Karachaliou, Irene Kaloumenou, Kleanthi Kalogerakou, Christina Gali, Stefanos Michalacos
BACKGROUND: During gestation, the primordial thymus migrates from the pharynx to the anterior mediastinum, thus thymic tissue can remain at any point along this path. Intrathyroidal thymic remnants are rare, and their sonographic patterns have only recently been described. This retrospective study presents the sonographic appearance of ectopic intrathyroidal thymus and emphasizes the role of sonography in order to avoid misdiagnosis. METHODS: The population consisted of 42 children, 3...
October 19, 2016: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
Cai-Hua Wang, Chuan-Cai Xu, Jun-Hong Jiang, Yan-Bin Chen, Sheng-Hua Zhan
Primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma (PPSS) is a rare disease. Diagnosis is made postoperatively following resection of the tumor. We describe the case of a 39-year-old non-smoking woman whose chest imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass (5.4 cm × 4.6 cm), with soft tissue density in the right upper lobe and pleural effusion in the right hemithorax. The tumor was enhanced on a computed tomography scan, in which enlargement of the mediastinal lymph nodes compressing the adjacent superior vena cava was observed...
September 10, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Jingjin Jiang, Qian Shen, Wei Ding, Jianying Zhou
Primary pulmonary chondrosarcoma is a rare neoplasm that usually grows slowly, metastasizes late, and responds well to excision when localized. Herein, we present a 59-year-old man who manifested with hemoptysis, cough and dyspnea with a hemithorax mass. A chest computed tomography scan demonstrated a fast-growing mass in the right upper lobe, and the enhancement was partially heterogeneous. Bronchoscopy revealed a hemorrhagic neoplasm in the right upper bronchus. A bronchoscopy biopsy specimen revealed a variety of tissues, including mucoid cartilage, fibers, respiratory epithelium and squamous epithelium...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Weibin Zhou, Min Chen
INTRODUCTION: Parathyroid crisis due to ectopic parathyroid adenomas can pose diagnostic and management challenges, since it is quite rare in clinical practice. CLINICAL FINDINGS/PATIENT CONCERNS: A 67-year-old Chinese male presented as a parathyroid crisis due to an ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenoma with his serum calcium and PTH markedly increased in short time. An ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) scan of the neck did not reveal any parathyroid adenoma...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Anna Biernacka, Konstantinos D Linos, Peter A DeLong, Arief A Suriawinata, Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, Xiaoying Liu
When confronted with a metastatic poorly differentiated tumor of unknown origin, the initial workup includes the standard panel of immunostains to rule out carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, and the greatest mimicker in pathology - malignant melanoma. Although not specific, the S-100 protein is expressed in over 95% of malignant melanomas. Herein, we present a case of multiorgan metastatic malignancy with a dominant hilar and mediastinal mass in a current smoker; clinically, highly suggestive of widespread primary lung cancer...
2016: CytoJournal
Jennifer L Sullivan, Benny Weksler
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors of the thymus (NETT) constitute less than 5% of all anterior mediastinal masses but are aggressive and lead to poor overall survival. This study was designed to evaluate factors that influence the prognosis of patients with NETT and the role of surgical intervention in survival. METHODS: We analyzed the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer database to identify patients with NETT. We performed univariate and multivariate analyses to identify prognostic factors among demographic, tumor, and treatment variables...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
James Benjamin Gleason, Basheer Tashtoush, Jinesh Mehta, Edward Savage, Felipe Martinez, Atul C Mehta
Extrapulmonary tuberculosis refers to Mycobacterium tuberculosis involving organs other than the lungs (eg, pleura, lymph nodes, genitourinary tract, abdomen, skin, joints and bones, or meninges). In non-HIV-endemic areas, where reactivation is the predominant mechanism of tuberculosis, pleural involvement occurs in 4% of cases. We present an extremely rare case of a 62-year-old immunocompetent patient with pleural tuberculosis confirmed by surgical pleural biopsies, who presented with a large mediastinal mass and evidence of pulmonary artery invasion on CT scanning and endobronchial ultrasonography imaging, highlighting a unique and malignant-like character of the disease...
October 2016: Chest
Narendra Kumar Narahari, Paramjyothi K Gongati, Shantveer G Uppin, Anu Kapoor, Bhaskar Kakarla, Ramakrishna Dev Tella
A 66-year-old man presented with dry cough and shortness of breath on exertion of 6 months' duration. There were no complaints of fever and hemoptysis. His history was significant for recurrent episodes of respiratory tract infections over the previous 4 years. He had also had episodes of recurrent otitis media and pus discharge from the left ear for 3 years, with progressive loss of hearing. There was no history of recurrent skin infections or diarrhea. He was treated symptomatically with antibiotics by local general practitioners...
October 2016: Chest
Yaxia Zhang, Michael Joyce, Jean Schils, Thomas W Bauer
Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by non-caseating granulomas, predominantly involving lung, mediastinal lymph nodes and other organs. Synovium involvement is infrequent, and as far as we know, involvement of a periprosthetic membrane has not been reported in the English literature. Intra-articular diffuse tenosynovial giant cell tumor ("conventional diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis") is an uncommon, locally aggressive neoplasm with few previous case reports in which it arose in periprosthetic tissues after knee arthroplasty...
October 7, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Masoud Rabbani, Amir Hossein Sarrami
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography-guided percutaneous core needle biopsy (PCNB) is a diagnostic technique for initial assessment of mediastinal mass lesions. This study was conducted to evaluate its diagnostic yield and its complication rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the records of CT-guided PCNB in 110 patients with mediastinal mass lesions performed in Kashani and Alzahra Hospitals, Isfahan, from 2006 to 2012. Gender, age at biopsy, size, and anatomic location of the lesion, number of passes, site of approach, complications, and final diagnosis were extracted...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
Dario Amore, Francesco S Cerqua, Fabio Perrotta, Antonio Cennamo, Carlo Curcio
INTRODUCTION: The mediastinal bronchogenic cysts represents 50%-60% of mediastinal cysts and rarely occurs in the posterior mediastinum. The final surgical resection is indicated for symptomatic patients and is recommended for some asymptomatic patients in order to establish the diagnosis and to avoid any subsequent complications. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of 17 years-old male suffering from bronchogenic cysts of the mediastinum. The patient was admitted to our hospital complaining with dry chough and dyspnea; CT scan showed a cystic mass in posterior mediastinum...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Ayperi Ozturk, Nilgun Yilmaz Demirci, Zafer Aktas, Funda Demirag, Ali Alagoz, İbrahim Onur Alici, Aydın Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) commonly presents as hilar/mediastinal masses. In some occasions, conventional flexible bronchoscopy fails and a substantial amount of time is lost until establishing the diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to demonstrate the superiority of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) compared to conventional methods in establishing the diagnosis as an initial modality as well as to point out the saved time until the diagnosis...
September 22, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Tutku Soyer, Beril Talim, İbrahim Karnak, Saniye Ekinci, Fatih Andiran, Arbay Özden Çiftçi, Diclehan Orhan, Canan Akyüz, Feridun Cahit Tanyel
Aim A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the clinical features, diagnostic methods, and treatment alternatives of childhood inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs). Patients and Methods Patients who underwent surgical treatment for IMT between 2000 and 2015 were evaluated for age, sex, presenting symptoms, physical examination findings, diagnostic methods, treatment modalities, histopathologic findings, and results of surgical treatment during long-term follow-up. Results Eleven patients who underwent surgical treatment were included in the study...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
F Aboukhoudir, B Rekik, O Rica, I Aboukhoudir, M Pansieri, S Rekik
Posterior mediastinal hematoma in a rare and potentially lethal disease and is frequently consecutive to a traumatism. We report the original case of a 88-year-old male admitted to our department for lipothymia and syncope related to a severe compression of the left atrium by an important mediastinal hematoma mimicking in transthoracic echocardiography an obstructive intraatrial mass.
September 30, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Mehreen Fatima, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Shahid Jamal, Jawad Khaliq Ansari, Muhammad Usman Ullah
OBJECTIVE: To determine the sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values, and diagnostic accuracy of Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). STUDY DESIGN: Across-sectional validation study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Histopathology, Army Medical College, in collaboration with Department of Pulmonology, Military Hospital Rawalpindi, from March 2014 to March 2015. METHODOLOGY: Cases of EBUS-TBNAcomprised of both TBNAs and cell block/biopsy of the same patients...
September 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Christopher Bell, Fernando Domingo, Ashley D Miller, Jeremiah S Smith, James R Headrick
We report a case of a posterior mediastinal mature cystic teratoma with rupture secondary to blunt chest trauma in a 20-year-old male involved in a motor-vehicle accident. Initial treatment was guided by Advanced Trauma Life Support and a tube thoracostomy was performed for presumed hemothorax. The heterogeneous collection within the thoracic cavity was discovered to be the result of a ruptured cystic mass. Pathologic findings confirmed the mass consistent with a mature cystic teratoma. As mediastinal teratomas are most commonly described arising from the anterior mediastinum, the posterior location of the teratoma described in this report is exceedingly rare...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Juan M Vrancic, Fernando Piccinini, Mariano Camporrotondo, Juan C Espinoza, Juan I Camou, Francisco Nacinovich, Pablo Fernandez Oses, Daniel Navia
BACKGROUND: There is controversy about the risk of mediastinitis associated with the use of both internal thoracic arteries (ITA). METHODS: We performed a case-control study of patients operated on at a single institution from January 2003 to December 2014. A total of 3,118 consecutive patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery were included; 81.3% (n = 2,533) underwent bilateral ITA (BITA) grafts exclusively and constitute the BITA group, and 18...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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