ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
Serious Respiratory Distress Caused by Giant Enteric Cyst
1 Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
2 Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Anestezi ve Reanimasyon Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
3 Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Gögüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
Eurasian J Med 2007; 39: 66-68

Key Words: Retroperitoneal paraganglioma, Diagnosis, Surgery

Enteric cysts are rare congenital mediastinal lesions. They are usually hollow or tubular, epithelium-lined structures attached to the gastrointestinal tract. During the embryonic stage, enteric cysts are supposed to derive from an anomaly in primitive foregut development. Of all enterogenic cysts, 7% to 20% are located in the chest. Thoracic enteric cysts are 1-2% of mediastinal cysts. These cysts are commonly located in the right posterior mediastinum and rarely isolated. A 17-day-old male baby presented with respiratory distress and was diagnosed with a large posterior mediastinal cystic mass. The cyst was completely excised through a right posterolateral thoracotomy. Histopathological study of the cyst was consistent with enteric cyst. In this report, a baby with serious respiratory distress arising from a giant isolated enteric cyst was discussed in the light of literature data.

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