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Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Sep;54(6):435-7.

Thymolipoma of the anterior mediastinum: videothoracoscopic removal using a bilateral approach.

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Division of Thoracic Surgery, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Thymolipoma, a rare benign neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum, is often asymptomatic and as a result it can become quite large before it is diagnosed. CT is the most accurate diagnostic technique to identify the adipose tissue, but it often cannot make a differential diagnosis differentiating it from other anterior mediastinal masses; transthoracic biopsy also reveals the presence of fatty tissue, but a definitive diagnosis can only be achieved by means of surgical excision, which is also curative. We describe the case of a young woman who presented with a fatty neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum. The mass was removed using single-stage bilateral sequential videothoracoscopy. The histopathological diagnosis was thymolipoma.

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