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      Anterior mediastinal presentation of a giant angiomyolipoma.

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      The Annals of thoracic surgery

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          Angiomyolipomas are benign, solitary, noninvasive lesions that most often arise in the kidney. Extrarenal manifestations of these tumors include the skin, oropharynx, the abdominal wall, retroperitoneum, gastrointestinal tract, heart, lung, liver, uterus, penis, and spinal cord. We report a patient with a giant angiomyolipoma located in the anterior mediastinum. We believe this is the seventh reported case of mediastinal angiomyolipoma and the largest reported by size. It is the second reported lesion to arise in the anterior mediastinum. Distinction from other pulmonary or thoracic masses relies on the appreciation of the unique and characteristic histologic features of these mediastinal angiomyolipomas. We conclude that, although rare, angiomyolipoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a mediastinal tumor.

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          Journal
          Ann. Thorac. Surg.
          The Annals of thoracic surgery
          1552-6259
          0003-4975
          Dec 2004
          : 78
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Surgery, Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
          Article
          S0003497503015121
          10.1016/S0003-4975(03)01512-1
          15561061

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