Anterior mediastinal paraganglioma: A case for preoperative embolization
1 Department of Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH, 43214-3998, USA
2 Department of Radiology, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3525 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH, 43214, USA
World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012, 10:134 doi:10.1186/1477-7819-10-134Published: 3 July 2012
Paraganglioma is a rare but highly vascular tumor of the anterior mediastinum. Surgical resection is a challenge owing to the close proximity to vital structures including the heart, trachea and great vessels. Preoperative embolization has been reported once to facilitate surgical treatment.
We report a case of anterior mediastinal paraganglioma that was embolized preoperatively, and was resected without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass and without major bleeding complications.
We make a case to further the role of preoperative embolization in the treatment of mediastinal paragangliomas.