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Rare Presentation of a Posterior Mediastinal Cystic Schwannoma as a Large Pleural Effusion



Abstract

A 46-year-old man presented with shortness of breath and recurrent, left-sided pleural effusions. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed a large, left-sided pleural effusion with a mass in the posterior mediastinum. A pleural tap showed lymphocytic exudate. The biopsy of the mass was inconclusive. A left posterolateral thoracotomy was performed, which showed a large posterior mediastinal mass adherent to the left lung. The mass was completely excised and the histopathology proved it to be giant predominantly cystic schwannoma. The pleural effusion resolved after tumor resection.



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Rare Presentation of a Posterior Mediastinal Cystic Schwannoma as a Large Pleural Effusion


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Mujtaba Mubashir

Medical School, The Aga Khan University

Abdus Salam Corresponding Author

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Amyn Sonawalla

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Huma Fatima

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Saulat H. Fatimi

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Aga Khan University


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Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Mujtaba Mubashir

    Medical School, The Aga Khan University

    Abdus Salam Corresponding Author

    Medical College, The Aga Khan University

    Amyn Sonawalla

    Medical College, The Aga Khan University

    Huma Fatima

    Medical College, The Aga Khan University

    Saulat H. Fatimi

    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Aga Khan University


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: August 10, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1558

    Cite this article as:

    Mubashir M, Salam A, Sonawalla A, et al. (August 10, 2017) Rare Presentation of a Posterior Mediastinal Cystic Schwannoma as a Large Pleural Effusion. Cureus 9(8): e1558. doi:10.7759/cureus.1558

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: July 18, 2017
    Peer review began: July 30, 2017
    Peer review concluded: August 06, 2017
    Published: August 10, 2017

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    Mubashir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

A 46-year-old man presented with shortness of breath and recurrent, left-sided pleural effusions. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed a large, left-sided pleural effusion with a mass in the posterior mediastinum. A pleural tap showed lymphocytic exudate. The biopsy of the mass was inconclusive. A left posterolateral thoracotomy was performed, which showed a large posterior mediastinal mass adherent to the left lung. The mass was completely excised and the histopathology proved it to be giant predominantly cystic schwannoma. The pleural effusion resolved after tumor resection.



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Mujtaba Mubashir, Medical Student

Medical School, The Aga Khan University

Abdus Salam, Medical Student

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

For correspondence:
salam.elum@gmail.com

Amyn Sonawalla

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Huma Fatima

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Saulat H. Fatimi

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Aga Khan University

Mujtaba Mubashir, Medical Student

Medical School, The Aga Khan University

Abdus Salam, Medical Student

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

For correspondence:
salam.elum@gmail.com

Amyn Sonawalla

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Huma Fatima

Medical College, The Aga Khan University

Saulat H. Fatimi

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Aga Khan University