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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2012

Anterior mediastinal paraganglioma: A case for preoperative embolization

World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2012
Murtaza Shakir, Geoff Blossom, John Lippert
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Competing interests

None of the authors have any personal or financial competing interests to report.

Authors contributions

All authors made substantive intellectual contributions this case report, including acquisition of data, interpretation of the case report and drafting/editing of the manuscript, and have given final approval of the version to be published.



Paraganglioma is a rare but highly vascular tumor of the anterior mediastinum. Surgical resection is a challenge owing to the close proximity to vital structures including the heart, trachea and great vessels. Preoperative embolization has been reported once to facilitate surgical treatment.

Case presentation

We report a case of anterior mediastinal paraganglioma that was embolized preoperatively, and was resected without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass and without major bleeding complications.


We make a case to further the role of preoperative embolization in the treatment of mediastinal paragangliomas.
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