Title

Ganglioneuroblastoma of the posterior mediastinum: a case report.

Document Type

Article

Department

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Abstract

Introduction:Ganglioneuroblastoma is a rare peripheral neuroblastic tumor that is derived from developing neuronal cells of the sympathetic nervous system, and is found mostly, but not exclusively, in babies and young children.

Case Presentation:

To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previously reported cases of ganglioneuroblastoma of the mediastinum from Pakistan. We present a case of ganglioneuroblastoma in an eight-year-old Pakistani Sindhi boy incidentally found to have a large posterior mediastinal mass that on biopsy initially looked like ganglioneuroma. He underwent successful excision of the mediastinal mass and remained stable post-operatively. Final pathology findings showed a ganglioneuroblastoma. He has remained free of symptoms on long-term follow-up.

Conclusions:

The rarity of this tumor along with its almost exclusive occurrence in the pediatric population necessitates a thorough investigation of Patients presenting with a symptomatic mass.

Publication

Journal of Medical Case Reports