Paraganglioma

Case contributed by Dr John Bui

Presentation

47 year old male presents with intermittent chest pain

Patient Data

Age: 47
Gender: Male
X-ray

CXR

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

AXR

The left thoracic paravertebral mass is better seen on the AXR.
CT

CT chest + C

Longitudinally oriented left paravertebral mass, not related to the neuroforamina.
MRI

MRI with contrast

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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