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January - March 2016, Volume 12, Issue 1
Case Report

Pacurar D, Tincu I, Muntean A, Lesanu G, Oraseanu D, Cordos I

Chest Pain Due to a Giant Thymoma in an Adolescent boy

Acta Endo (Buc) 2016, 12 (1): 96-101
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2016.96

Chest pain in children is a common referral for emergency examination, although it is believed that the underlying condition is not a serious event. The authors present the case of a 17 years old male with complaints of chest pain with a very recent onset, constant, experienced after physical effort. All medical history and physical examination findings were normal, the poster-anterior chest X-ray revealed a heterogenous opacity in the middle third of the right hemithorax confirmed on computerized tomography as a large solid anterior mediastinal mass with a diameter of 7.5/10.3 cm. By thorax surgery the mass was identified in the anterior and superior mediastinum and total resection was achieved for the tumor mass and thymus. Pathology examination showed poor small and medium epithelial cells proliferation and the tumor was classified as thymoma type 1B. Mediastinum is a rare location of space occupying processes in children. Also, there is a high rate of asymptomatic lesions in this area, considering that half of them are incidentally discovered for various chest X ray examinations. Many causes of chest pain in children are benign; nonetheless, some serious events do exist sometimes and pediatricians must pay attention to identify and manage those cases.

Keywords: thymoma, chest pain, children.

Correspondence: Daniela Pacurar MD, ”Grigore Alexandrescu” Emergency Children’s Hospital, Dept. of Pediatrics, 30-32 Iancu de Hunedoara Blv, sector 1, Bucharest, 011743, Romania, E-mail: