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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Ganglioneuroblastoma of the posterior mediastinum: a case report

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Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Autoren:
Saulat H Fatimi, Samira A Bawany, Awais Ashfaq
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-322) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

SHF analyzed our patient's details and was primarily responsible for obtaining the full investigation results, including the surgery performed on our patient. SAB was involved in assisting the primary faculty, obtaining relevant details about the case and confirming its rarity, and was a major contributor to writing the manuscript. AA contributed a significant effort to writing the manuscript and editing the final draft. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Introduction

Ganglioneuroblastoma is a rare peripheral neuroblastic tumor that is derived from developing neuronal cells of the sympathetic nervous system, and is found mostly, but not exclusively, in babies and young children.

Case presentation

To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previously reported cases of ganglioneuroblastoma of the mediastinum from Pakistan. We present a case of ganglioneuroblastoma in an eight-year-old Pakistani Sindhi boy incidentally found to have a large posterior mediastinal mass that on biopsy initially looked like ganglioneuroma. He underwent successful excision of the mediastinal mass and remained stable post-operatively. Final pathology findings showed a ganglioneuroblastoma. He has remained free of symptoms on long-term follow-up.

Conclusions

The rarity of this tumor along with its almost exclusive occurrence in the pediatric population necessitates a thorough investigation of patients presenting with a symptomatic mass.

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