Case contributed by Dr John Bui


47 year old male presents with intermittent chest pain

Patient Data

Age: 47
Gender: Male


Modality: X-ray
Subtle left paravertebral mass behind the left atrial appendage


Modality: X-ray
The left thoracic paravertebral mass is better seen on the AXR.

CT chest + C

Modality: CT
Longitudinally oriented left paravertebral mass, not related to the neuroforamina.

MRI with contrast

Modality: MRI
Post-contrast imaging shows the typical avid arterial enhancement of a paraganglioma, confirmed by histology from resected specimen.

Case Discussion

The longitudinal orientation and intense arterial enhancement are characteristic of a paraganglioma.
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Case Information

rID: 47357
Case created: 13th Aug 2016
Last edited: 22nd Dec 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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