Mediastinal Teratoma With Pulmonary Involvement Presenting as Massive Hemoptysis in 2 Patients

Chen, Robert Fu-Chean; Chang, Tzung-Hao; Chang, Chi-Chu; Lee, Chun-Nin
August 2010
Respiratory Care;Aug2010, Vol. 55 Issue 8, p1094
Academic Journal
Massive hemoptysis is described in many disease processes. However, a mediastinal teratoma is rarely considered in a patient presenting with massive hemoptysis. Since a mediastinal teratoma has no specific symptoms, its definitive diagnosis is difficult before surgical intervention. Flexible bronchoscopy can be diagnostic in cases of a mediastinal teratoma with involvement of the bronchial tree. We report 2 cases of hemoptysis caused by mediastinal teratoma with bronchial communication.


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