ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
A mature cystic teratoma located in the posterior mediastinum
Taner Tarladaçalışır
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bitlis State Hospital, Bitlis, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2014.6240
Although mature teratomas are often in close proximity with thymus in the anterior mediastinum, nearly 3-8% may localize in the posterior mediastinum. A 15-year-old male patient was admitted with back and low back pain lasting for four months. Thoracic computed tomography demonstrated a multiloculated lesion in the posterior mediastinum lateralized to right containing fluid and fat density with a calcified wall. The mass was totally excised by right thoracotomy. Histopathological examination revealed a mature cystic teratoma characterized by cystic structures having irregular arrangement with hair and fat tissues.
Keywords : Germ cell neoplasm; mediastinum; teratoma
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