ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Thymic cyst causing acute respiratory failure and subtotal atelectasis in two-day-old baby: case report
Günay Şamil1, İrfan Eser2, Mehmet Salih Aydın3, Şit Uçar1, İbrahim Can Kürkçüoğlu2, Ahmet Şeker2, Zafer Hasan Ali Sak2, Funda Yalçın2
1Özel OSM Ortadoğu Hastanesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Kliniği, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye
2Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, 3Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.8018
Thymic cysts are rare benign lesions which can be observed in neck and mediastinum. In this article, we report a two-day-old patient with postnatal respiratory failure which is a rare condition. Pathologic examination revealed a cystic structure located in upper mediastinum and right thorax which caused mediastinal shift and atelectasis in right lung. Mediastinal cyst was excised with right lateral thoracotomy and was reported as thymic cyst. The fact that patient was operated while two-day-old and recovered is a rare condition in the literature. According to our observations, excision of cystic lesions in babies developing acute respiratory failure and with deteriorating health condition may be life saving.
Keywords : Congenital thymic cyst; mediastinal cysts; mediastinal masses in newborn
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