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Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Jan;71(1):370-2.

Ruptured thymoma causing mediastinal hemorrhage resected via partial sternotomy.

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Second Department of Surgery, Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine, Japan. simokawa@med6.kufm.kagoshima-u.ac.jp

Abstract

A case of a ruptured thymoma causing mediastinal hemorrhage and hemothorax that was electively resected by a partial sternotomy approach is presented. This case and others previously reported illustrate that a sudden onset of dyspnea and chest pain accompanied by acute mediastinal widening on chest roentgenogram in a previously healthy patient should suggest the diagnosis of a ruptured thymoma. An upper part sternotomy approach may be as safe and effective as a less invasive surgical procedure in resection of noninvasive thymomas, even if dense tumor adhesion exists.

PMID:
11216790
DOI:
10.1016/s0003-4975(00)02234-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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