Retrocardiac mass presenting with hematemesis

K. G. Jordan, B. J. Igel, R. J. Telepak

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Two patients presented to the emergency room with multiple episodes of hematemesis. Chest radiographs on each patient demonstrated a retrocardiac mass. Computed tomography revealed these masses to be vascular and consistent with paraesophageal varices. Portal-systemic collaterals can be seen with various imaging modalities; in patients with portal hypertension, these varices may present as a common cause of an upper gastrointestinal bleed and hematemesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1995


  • CT
  • Hematemesis
  • Mediastinal mass
  • Paraesophageal varices
  • Portal hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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