Surgical resection of a massive primary mediastinal liposarcoma with cervical extension

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Abstract

A 73-year-old man was referred for surgical excision of a massive mediastinal and cervical liposarcoma following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Surgery was performed via a cervical incision, sternotomy and right posterolateral thoracotomy. The tumour arose from the oesophagus, which underwent extensive dissection and was oversewn with pleura after tumour resection. Histology confirmed a completely excised grade 2 de-differentiated liposarcoma with complete macroscopic excision. The patient made an excellent recovery. Oesophageal liposarcomas are rare and, unlike in this case, often extend intraluminally, necessitating oesophagectomy. To our knowledge, this is the largest such tumour found in the literature.

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