Pictorial essay of radiological features of benign intrathoracic masses

Syahminan Suut, Zeid Al-Ani, Carolyn Allen, Prabhakar Rajiah, Durr-E-Sabih, Abdullah Al-Harbi, Hamdan Al-Jahdali, Ali Nawaz Khan

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Abstract

With increased exposure of patients to routine imaging, incidental benign intrathoracic masses are frequently recognized. Most have classical imaging features, which are pathognomonic for their benignity. The aim of this pictorial review is to educate the reader of radiological features of several types of intrathoracic masses. The masses are categorized based on their location/origin and are grouped into parenchymal, pleural, mediastinal, or bronchial. Thoracic wall masses that invade the thorax such as neurofibromas and lipomas are included as they may mimic intrathoracic masses. All examples are illustrated and include pulmonary hamartoma, pleural fibroma, sarcoidosis, bronchial carcinoid, and bronchoceles together with a variety of mediastinal cysts on plain radiographs, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sometimes a multimodality approach would be needed to confirm the diagnosis in atypical cases. The study would include the incorporation of radionuclide studies and relevant discussion in a multidisciplinary setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-242
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Medicine
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Intrathoracic masses
  • pulmonary mass
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Suut, S., Al-Ani, Z., Allen, C., Rajiah, P., Durr-E-Sabih, Al-Harbi, A., Al-Jahdali, H., & Khan, A. N. (2015). Pictorial essay of radiological features of benign intrathoracic masses. Annals of Thoracic Medicine, 10(4), 231-242. https://doi.org/10.4103/1817-1737.160365