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Complete excision of a giant thyroid goiter in posterior mediastinum

Xin Chen1, Hongfei Xu1, Yiming Ni1, Ke Sun2 and Weidong Li1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, School of Medicine, Qing Chun Road 79#, Hangzhou, China

2 Department of Pathology, First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013, 8:207  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-8-207

Published: 7 November 2013

Abstract

Intrathoracic goiter is commonly located in the anterior mediastinum. Here we report a case of a 58-year-old Chinese male in whom we successfully removed the intrathoracic goiter and eased his dyspnea by a right posterolateral thoracotomy approach. Posterior mediastinal thyroid goiter with mediastinal compressive symptoms is an indication of surgery.

Keywords:
Intrathoracic goiter; Posterior mediastinum; Thoracotomy