Multiple thoracic osteophytes presenting as mediastinal mass

Sykes, Annemarie; Badiger, Rekha; Wort, John; Copley, Susan
February 2007
Thorax;Feb2007, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p192
Academic Journal
journal article
The article presents the case of a 59-year-old builder who had a 4-week history of intermittent central chest pain. The patient was a non-smoker, had no asbestos or tuberculosis exposures and had no cardiac risk factors. The computed tomography scan revealed prominent thoracic vertebral osteophytes. It was determined that multiple thoracic osteophytes can appear like an anterior mediastinal mass on chest x-ray and should be considered part of the differential diagnosis.


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