Approaching the patient with an anterior mediastinal mass: a guide for clinicians.

  title={Approaching the patient with an anterior mediastinal mass: a guide for clinicians.},
  author={Brett W Carter and Edith M. Marom and Frank C. Detterbeck},
  journal={Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer},
  volume={9 9 Suppl 2},
Anterior mediastinal masses are relatively uncommon, include a wide variety of entities, and often pose a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. In this article, available data is assembled in a clinically oriented manner to develop a structured approach to evaluation of these patients. Attention to age and gender, combined with identification of certain radiographic and clinical characteristics, allows a presumptive diagnosis to be established in most patients. This structure efficiently guides… CONTINUE READING
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