Cardiac tamponade from a giant thymoma: case report


Fazlıoğulları O., ATALAN N. , GÜRER O., AKGÜN S., ARSAN S.

JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY, vol.7, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1749-8090-7-14
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY

Abstract

Thymoma, the most common neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum especially in adults, accounts for 20-25% of all mediastinal tumors and 50% of anterior mediastinal masses. These tumors are routinely asymptomatic for prolonged periods of time. Pericardial tamponade is a very rare initial manifestation of a thymoma. This report presents a patient who had hemorrhagic pericardial tamponade that likely resulted from the largest symptomatic mixed type (type AB) thymoma described in the literature.