ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Preoperative embolization in the management of a non-functioning mediastinal paraganglioma
Ilgaz Doğusoy1, Fikri Yapıcı2, M. Olcay Çizmeli3, Hatice Demirbağ1, Mehmet Yıldırım1
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of Radiology, Acıbadem University, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.5826
Paragangliomas are rare tumors of the mediastinum. Complete surgical resection is the only effective treatment modality, although it is challenging due to the location of the tumor around great vessels and hypervascularity characteristics of tumor. In this article, we report a 37-year-old female case with paraganglioma in the middle mediastinum detected incidentally by radiological imaging. The tumor was inactive; however, severe bleeding occurred in the initial diagnostic thoracotomy. The tumor was resected successfully after selective embolization. Following complete resection, the patient followed for five years with no recurrence.
Keywords : Mediastinum; paraganglioma; therapeutic embolization
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