Article Abstract

The management of anterior mediastinal nodules that are incidentally found on CT

Authors: Yoshiyuki Ozawa


We sometimes encounter problems during the management of patients with anterior mediastinal nodular lesions that were incidentally detected on screening chest computed tomography (CT). As the utilization of CT imaging in clinical practice has increased, asymptomatic anterior mediastinal nodular lesions are being detected more frequently. Thymic epithelial tumors (TET) are representative of such lesions; however, there are a few reports about the prevalence and incidence of anterior mediastinal masses that are incidentally detected on chest CT (1-3).