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Superior mediastinal masses in children – two cases of lymphoma

A C Jeevarathnum, A van Niekerk, D Parris, K De Campos, W Wijnant, X Deadren, A Büchner, F Omar, D Reynders, R J Green

Abstract


The exact incidence of superior mediastinal masses in children is largely unknown. They present as a spectrum of disease ranging from an incidental finding on a Chest X-Ray to being markedly symptomatic with superior vena caval syndrome or obstruction of the upper airways.  Lymphomas seem to be the most common causes of superior mediastinal masses in children.  We present two cases of confirmed T cell lymphoma in children with superior mediastinal masses.  In doing so, we explore a diagnostic approach and visit the complications the physician needs to be aware of when confronted with a child with a superior mediastinal mass.


Authors' affiliations

A C Jeevarathnum, University of Pretoria

A van Niekerk,

D Parris,

K De Campos,

W Wijnant,

X Deadren,

A Büchner,

F Omar,

D Reynders,

R J Green,

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Keywords

paediatrics, tumours, chest

Cite this article

African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2016;22(1):23-25. DOI:10.7196/SARJ.2016.v22i1.58

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-12-08
Date published: 2016-03-04

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