Computed tomography of benign mature teratomas of the mediastinum

Larry R. Brown, John R. Muhm, Gregory L. Aughenbaugh, Bradley D. Lewis, Richard D. Hurt

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The computed tomography (CT) findings of five benign, mature teratomas of the anterior mediastinum collected during a ten-year period are described, and their case histories are reviewed. Three of the five were primarily cystic, with only small soft tissue components. One of the five contained equal cystic and solid elements. All cysts had a higher attenuation than water. Three tumors contained small foci of dense calcification or ossification. Only two contained fat. Computed tomography accurately predicted the presence of adherence to adjacent structures in all five. Four of five patients were less than 22 years of age, and benign teratoma of the mediastinum was not a common neoplasm at any age. The origin and pathology of germ cell tumors of the mediastinum are briefly reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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