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Azygos vein varix mimicking mediastinal mass in a patient with liver cirrhosis: a case report.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chest
Publication Date
Volume
127
Issue
2
Pages
661–664
Identifiers
PMID: 15706012
Source
Medline
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Abstract

A giant venous varix of the azygos arch is a very rare cause of a mediastinal mass. The usual diagnosis of a mediastinal mass by mediastinoscopy or percutaneous fine-needle aspiration or biopsy is very hazardous if there is a venous varix. Noninvasive thoracic CT scanning is a safe and better choice for diagnosis. We describe the case of a woman with a posterior mediastinal mass caused by a giant azygos vein varix. Thoracic CT documented the diagnosis. The etiology of the azygos varix was portal hypertension secondary to liver cirrhosis.

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