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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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CASE REPORTS THORACIC SECTION
The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 June;42(3):429-30
Life-threatening giant mediastinal goiter: a surgical challenge
Veronesi G., Leo F., Solli P. G., D’Aiuto M., D’Ovidio F., Mazzarol G. *, Spaggiari L., Pastorino U.
From the Department of Thoracic Surgery,
*Department of Pathology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy
Mediastinal goiter is a well known benign disease, usually resectable through a cervical approach with minimal morbility and mortality. Only occasionally a median sternotomy or a lateral thoracotomy may be required. The present case is worthy of presentation because of the exceptional dimension of the disease and the surgical challenge that it presented. In a 72-year-old woman a large intrathoracic goiter of the right thorax caused a severe dyspnoea due to an important contralateral mediastinal shift with compression of the lung, superior vena cava system and trachea. At surgical exploration, through a cervico-sternotomic approach, the mediastinal structures dislocation and the strong adherences between the anomalous neovascularized capsula of the mass and the surrounding structures, complicated the surgical dissection. An accidental lesion of the innominate artery required its reimplantation on the ascending aorta. An immense mass, was finally removed and pathological examination revealed a rare case of neovascularized, pseudosarcomatoid capsula among a benign hyperplastic proliferation. In spite of its benign nature, a giant goiter caused a life-threatening compression of the respiratory tract and lung parenchyma in this patient. The dimension of the lesions, the mediastinal anatomy alterations and the severe intraoperative haemorrhage represented major technical difficulties during surgical resection.