Mediastinal Hodgkin's lymphoma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Weight loss and cough. TB?

Patient Data

Age: 27
Gender: Female
X-ray

Near symmetrical upper anterior mediastinal mass. Left sided hilar overlay sign.

Heart size normal. Lungs clear.

CT

CT CHEST

Large anterior mediastinal mass with bulk dimensions of 7.2 x 5cm. Lungs clear. Bilateral lymph node enlargement at the root of the neck.

CT ABDOMEN

Extensive para-aortic, coeliac axis, porta hepatis and iliac lymph nodes measuring up to 2.3 cm. Solid organs normal. No focal bone lesion.

Photo

Excision biopsy of a neck node undertaken.

Reports in keeping radiological suspicious of lymphoma.

Case Discussion

A good case for long case or viva of a fellowship examination.

Start with the plain film to assess:

  • the candidate's approach to a common film
  • their understanding of how to determine mediastinal compartment the pathology lies in
  • knowledge to give a reasonable differential diagnosis
  • to 'earn' the CT to give a more confident definitive diagnosis
  • question on the best method of ascertaining a tissue diagnosis

Additional discussion of US-guided neck node biopsy vs surgical excision vs CT-guided mediastinal mass biopsy. 

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Case information

rID: 47307
Case created: 11th Aug 2016
Last edited: 28th Aug 2017
Systems: Chest, Haematology
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