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Chirurgia 2006 October;19(5):413-5

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Complete surgical resection of a giant bilateral mediastinal liposarcoma through right thoracotomy

Cañizares M. A. 1, García-Fontán E. 1, Rivo E. 1, Blanco M. 1, Peñalver R. 2

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery Hospital Xeral-Cies. Vigo, Spain
2 Department of Thoracic Surgery Fundación Jimenez Díaz. Madrid, Spain


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Mediastinum is an uncommon location for liposarcomas. We present a case of a giant mediastinal liposarcoma crossing the medium line, around the esophagus and descending aorta. Diagnosis was assessed with computed tomography of the chest and magnetic resonance. Complete resection was possible approaching the mass through a right posterolateral thoracotomy, despite of the left predominance in the lower part of the tumor. Although surgery is the best therapeutics nowadays for the mediastinal liposarcoma, recurrences have been reported frecuently.

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