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World J Surg. 2001 Feb;25(2):204-9.

Mediastinal tumors: diagnosis and treatment.

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Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Blake 1570, 32 Fruit Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2698, USA.


Mediastinal tumors are uncommon and often asymptomatic if benign. Tumors have a predilection for arising in one of three mediastinal compartments; anterior, middle, or posterior. If symptoms are present, they are usually compressive in origin. Computed tomography is almost always the imaging modality of choice. Benign-appearing lesions are usually resected for cure. Malignant-appearing lesions usually require biopsy by the least invasive route appropriate for the suspected tumor type.

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