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Ann Thorac Surg. 1997 Oct;64(4):1160-2.

Cervicomediastinal hibernoma.

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  • 1Department of General and Thoracic Surgery, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, IRCCS, University of Milan, Italy.


Hibernoma is a benign soft-tissue tumor, derived from the brown fat, that often presents as a painless, slow-growing mass. About 100 cases of hibernomas have been reported in the world literature. Seven cases of intrathoracic hibernoma are reported, of which only 1 was located in the mediastinal region. That tumor was an intramediastinal hibernoma with a cervicomediastinal location, which was excised through an extended left supraclavicular incision without the necessity to perform a sternotomy. No recurrence was evident after 18 months.

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