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Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Apr;45(2):131-3. doi: 10.5090/kjtcs.2012.45.2.131. Epub 2012 Apr 3.

Ectopic pancreas with hemorrhagic cystic change in the anterior mediastinum.

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.


A 31-year-old female was referred from other hospital due to migrating chest pain, mild cough, and blood-tinged sputum for three days before admission. Laboratory tests were unremarkable. Chest computed tomography revealed an elliptical necrotic mass at the left anterior mediastinum, measuring 7×3×4 cm. With the impression of mediastinal abscess or loculated empyema, thoracoscopic resection was performed. There was severe pleural adhesion around the mass. The mass could be resected by the wedge resection of the adhesed upper lobe tissue of left lung around the mass. Final pathologic diagnosis was ectopic pancreas.


Chorisroma; Mediastinal disease; Pancreas

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