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Minerva Pneumologica 1999 March;38(1):23-6

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Pericardial cyst mimicking congenital lobar emphysema

Andiran F., Haliloglu M., Azizoglu C., Ayhan A., Tanyel F.


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A three-month-old infant with respiratory distress was considered to have congenital lobar emphysema involving the left upper lobe through chest X-rays. However, Computerized Tomography revealed a cystic mediastinal mass compressing the bronchus of the left upper lobe. Excision of the mass, which was confirmed to be a pericardial cyst, resulted in complete resolution of the signs and symptoms of congenital lobar emphysema. Since an underlying thoracic pathology may mimic congenital lobar emphysema, diagnostic modalities in addition to chest X-rays should be obtained for confirmation to avoid a needless lobectomy.

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