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RADIOLOGIC-PATHOLOGIC CORRELATION
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49

Ectopic Anterior Mediastinal Pathology in the Chest: Radiologic-pathologic Correlation of Unexpected Encounters with the "Terrible Ts"


1 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA
3 Department of Pathology, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA
4 Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA

Correspondence Address:
Oleg Epelbaum
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, 100 Woods Road, Macy Pavilion, Valhalla, NY 10595
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.197025

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The complex embryology of the anterior mediastinum makes it home to an array of primary neoplasms tied to the presence of the thyroid and thymus glands in that compartment. While the occurrence of ectopic thyroid deposits in the extramediastinal thorax has not been convincingly established, the other three "Ts" of the classic "4T" mnemonic for the differential diagnosis of an anterior mediastinal mass have occurred in the lung parenchyma, pleural space, and endobronchially as primary tumors. Finding any of the three lesions - thymoma, teratoma, or B-cell lymphoma - in the chest outside the mediastinum is very unusual, but that possibility exists. Herein, we illustrate examples of this rare phenomenon.


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