A rare case of cholesterol granuloma in the anterior mediastinum

Heart Lung Circ. 2013 Apr;22(4):303-4. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.07.009. Epub 2012 Aug 18.


Cholesterol granulomas are reactant lesions that develop in response to cholesterol crystals and foreign body giant cells. They are a commonly described benign condition affecting the middle ear and paranasal sinuses, however have been reported in various sites within the body. We describe a rare case of an incidental cholesterol granuloma in the anterior mediastinum of a cardiac surgical patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cholesterol*
  • Giant Cells, Foreign-Body / pathology
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body* / pathology
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Diseases* / pathology
  • Mediastinal Diseases* / surgery
  • Mediastinum* / pathology
  • Mediastinum* / surgery


  • Cholesterol