Primary Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Mediastinum

Füruzan KACAR1, Ibrahim METEOGLU1, Serdar SEN2, Edi LEVI1

1Department of Pathology, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey


A mediastinal mass was found in a 37 year old male who presented with fever, weight loss and fatigue. The chest CT revealed a 9x6x4 cm well circumscribed mass located paratracheally in the upper mid-mediastinum. The mass was removed by right thoracotomy. Macroscopically the tumor weighed 195 g and measured 9x6x4 cm. Microscopically the tumor consisted of small blue cells in solid and trabeculer patern. Immunohistochemical studies performed for differential diagnosis of small blue cell tumors. The tumor was diagnosed as primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mediastinum. This case is presented for its rare recurrence in that particular location. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 8, Nr 3, 200-201, 2002

Received: Jun 4, 2002; accepted: Aug 21, 2002
Correspondence: Füruzan KACAR, , ,

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