Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

ISSN (on-line): 1806-3756 | ISSN (printed): 1806-3713


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Benign schwannoma of the posterior mediastinum with a dumbbell-shaped lesion traversing the trachea

Schwannoma benigno do mediastino posterior com desenvolvimento em ampulheta para a traquéia

Fernando Luiz Westhhal, Augusto Castilho, Arteiro Queiroz Menezes

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(3):-

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Benign schwannoma tumors are the most common primary tumors of the posterior mediastinum. They may develop into a dumbbell-shaped involvement of the medullar channel, but rarely reach the tracheobronchial tree. The authors report a case of a 45-year-old female patient with a benign schwannoma in the posterior mediastinum, with a dumbbell-shaped lesion that traverses the intercartilaginous septa of the trachea. The tumor was resected by endoscopy in the endotracheal portion and afterwards by thoracotomy of the mediastinal tumor. Eight months after the surgery, there has been no recurrence of the lesion.


Keywords: Mediastinal neoplasms. Thoracotomy. Thoracoscopy. Mediastinal cyst.


Claude Bernard-Horner syndrome resulting from pleural empyema

Síndrome de Claude Bernard-Horner associada ao empiema pleural

Fernando Luiz Westphal, Luiz Carlos de Lima, Arteiro Queiroz Menezes, Dirany Leite Sacramento e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(2):176-179

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Claude Bernard-Horner syndrome presents various etiologies and occurs as the direct result of interrupted nerve signaling at any point along the nerve trajectory, be it intrathoracic or extrathoracic. Herein, we report a case of Claude Bernard-Horner syndrome caused by loculated pleural empyema located in the paravertebral region of the upper third of the right hemithorax. The patient was submitted to thoracotomy in order to drain the infected fluids. The end result was satisfactory, including resolution of the infection, pulmonary expansion, and remission of the syndrome.


Keywords: Pleural empyema/complications; Horner syndrome/etiology; Blepharoptosis; Thoracotomy;




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