Giant Mediastinal Mass: Thymolipoma

ALAR T. , Ozcelik C., Klnc N.

SOUTHERN MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.104, no.5, pp.353-354, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 104 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/smj.0b013e3182142df6
  • Page Numbers: pp.353-354


A 26-year-old man presented with shortness of breath on exertion that was gradually getting worse. His history revealed a mass in the left hemithorax that had been growing on follow-ups. Physical examination only showed that the respiratory sounds were fainter on the left. Thoracic computerized tomography was performed to elucidate the left hemithorax lesion seen on chest x-ray and a giant mass of lipid density extending from the anterior mediastinum to the diaphragm and filling almost the entire left hemithorax was observed. Total excision of the 25 x 21 x 8 cm mass weighing 1580 g was performed with a left thoracotomy. The histopathology investigation of the mass was reported as thymolipoma. The case was presented because it is a rare mediastinal mass.