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Cystic Tumors in the Anterior Mediastinum: Radiologic-Pathological Correlation

Kim, Ji Hoon MD; Goo, Jin Mo MD; Lee, Hyun Ju MD; Chung, Myung Jin MD; Jung, Sung Il MD; Lim, Kun Young MD; Lee, Min Woo MD; Im, Jung-Gi MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September-October 2003 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 714-723
Cardiothoracic Imaging: Pictorial Essay

Anterior mediastinal neoplasms comprise a diverse group of tumors and occasionally manifest as a cystic lesion. We retrospectively reviewed computed tomography (CT) scans in 46 patients with pathologically proved cystic anterior mediastinal tumors. We categorize them into a pure cystic mass and a cystic tumor with a solid portion. In this pictorial essay, the radiologic appearances of cystic anterior mediastinal tumors are described with CT and illustrated with their gross and histopathological findings on resected specimen.

From the Department of Radiology (Drs Kim, Goo, Lee, Jung, Lim, Lee, and Im), Seoul National University College of Medicine, Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul National University Medical Research Center (SNUMRC), Seoul, Korea; and the Department of Radiology (Dr Chung), Nowon Eulji General Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

This study was supported in part by 2002 BK21 Project for Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy.

Reprints: Jin Mo Goo, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, #28 Yongon-dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Korea (e-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.