Indeterminate mediastinal invasion in bronchogenic carcinoma: CT evaluation

H. S. Glazer, L. R. Kaiser, D. J. Anderson, P. L. Molina, B. Emami, C. L. Roper, S. S. Sagel

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The computed tomographic (CT) scans of 80 patients with bronchogenic carcinoma as indeterminate for direct mediastinal invasion were retrospectively reviewed after the patients had undergone thoracotomy. Forty-eight (60%) of the masses were resectable, without invasion of the mediastinum, 18 (22%) focally invaded the mediastinum but were technically resectable, and 14 (18%) invaded the mediastinum and were not technically resectable. Although in most circumstances in this relatively small subset of patients CT was not helpful in differentiating masses with and without mediastinal invasion, CT was able to separate a large group of masses that were likely to be technically resectable. Thirty-six (97%) of 37 masses with one or more of these CT findings were considered technically resectable: contact of 3 cm or less with mediastinum, less than 90° of contact with aorta, and mediastinal fat between mass and mediastinal structures. Of these 36 masses, 28 were resectable without mediastinal invasion, and eight were resectable with focal limited mediastinal invasion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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