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Extramedullary haematopoiesis: An uncommon posterior mediastinal mass

Edson Marchiori, Miriam Menna Barreto, Bruno Hochhegger, Gláucia Zanetti
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 17, No 3 | a280 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v17i3.280 | © 2013 Edson Marchiori, Miriam Menna Barreto, Bruno Hochhegger, Gláucia Zanetti | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2013 | Published: 01 August 2013

About the author(s)

Edson Marchiori, Department of Radiology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Miriam Menna Barreto, Department of Radiology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bruno Hochhegger, Department of Radiology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gláucia Zanetti, Department of Radiology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract

A 59-year-old man presented with anaemia and complaints of abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue and dizziness. Computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest revealed bilateral paravertebral masses. The CT features were typical of extramedullary haematopoiesis (EMH). EMH should be strongly considered in a patient with bilateral, well-marginated, paravertebral thoracic masses and a history of chronic, severe anaemia.

Keywords

Extramedullary haematopoiesis; Computed tomography; mediastinal masses.

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