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An Unusual Case of Giant Primary Mediastinal Liposarcoma
received July 2, 2008
20 May 2009 (online)
Primary liposarcomas of the mediastinum are extremely rare. They have a dramatic clinical course. An unusual case of a giant primary liposarcoma of the mediastinum in a 49-year-old female is described. In spite of the tumor size the patient's only symptom was dry cough. Chest X‐ray and CT showed a huge mass in the left pleural cavity. A radical procedure was performed with removal of a giant 25 × 31 cm soft fatty tumor. Pathology showed liposarcoma. The postoperative course was uneventful and follow-up examination after 12 months showed no recurrence of the disease.
Thoracic surgery - mediastinum - pleural space
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