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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154
Endothoracic hemopoiesis: Imaging of a rare clinical entity


1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Loannina, Loannina, Greece
2 Laboratory of Radiology, University Hospital of Loannina, Loannina, Greece

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Baikoussis NG, Beis JP, Siafakas M, Siminelakis SN. Endothoracic hemopoiesis: Imaging of a rare clinical entity. Ann Card Anaesth 2009;12:154

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Baikoussis NG, Beis JP, Siafakas M, Siminelakis SN. Endothoracic hemopoiesis: Imaging of a rare clinical entity. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2009 [cited 2014 Dec 18];12:154. Available from: http://www.annals.in/text.asp?2009/12/2/154/53443


We present, in this brief imaging paper, some interesting pictures of a case affected from extramedullary hematopoiesis; a very rare cause of a posterior mediastinal tumor which may be clinically confused with other mediastinal tumors. Neurogenic tumors (particularly neurolemmoma) remain the commonest cause of a mediastinal mass. Other possibilities include cartilaginous tumors, liposarcoma, hydatid cysts, lateral meningocele, lymphoma and azygous lobe. Computer tomography (CT) showed an enhanced soft tissue mass (measuring 3 1,3 1,6 cm) attached to the T8 paravertebral region without lymphadenopathy or bone cortical involvement [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. Destruction of adjacent ribs and vertebrae is not seen. The foci of heterotopic marrow are usually microscopic but they may be macroscopic and grow to a large size, as in our case. They are usually located in the lower para-vertebral areas and are usually multiple and bilateral. They may have a lobulated appearance.

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.53443

PMID: 19602744

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