Mediastinal Masses

  • Henry TannousEmail author
  • Joanna Chikwe
  • Maroun B. Yammine


The differential diagnosis and the treatment approach to a mediastinal mass are dictated by its location (anterior, middle, or posterior mediastinum). A CT scan will help identify the location as well as the characteristics of the mass. All symptomatic masses of the mediastinum warrant resection. Posterior masses are most commonly neurogenic in origin, whereas middle masses are typically cystic in nature. Anterior masses (4Ts) require a more extensive workup and a disease-specific treatment.


Mediastinal mass Thymoma Tumors of the mediastinum Mediastinal cyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Tannous
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Joanna Chikwe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maroun B. Yammine
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryStony Brook University HospitalStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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