Thymolipoma of the anterior mediastinum: Videothoracoscopic removal using a bilateral approach

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Thymolipoma, a rare benign neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum, is often asymptomatic and as a result it can become quite large before it is diagnosed. CT is the most accurate diagnostic technique to identify the adipose tissue, but it often cannot make a differential diagnosis differentiating it from other anterior mediastinal masses; transthoracic biopsy also reveals the presence of fatty tissue, but a definitive diagnosis can only be achieved by means of surgical excision, which is also curative. We describe the case of a young woman who presented with a fatty neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum. The mass was removed using single-stage bilateral sequential videothoracoscopy. The histopathological diagnosis was thymolipoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-437
Number of pages3
JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


  • Mediastinal tumor
  • Mediastinum neoplasms
  • Thymolipoma
  • Thymus neoplasms
  • Videothoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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