Giant mediastinal schwannoma located in the lower right side of the chest

Niger J Clin Pract. 2016 Sep-Oct;19(5):678-80. doi: 10.4103/1119-3077.188701.


Schwannoma is a type of neurogenic tumor usually found in the posterior mediastinum. Most schwannomas range in size from 2 to 3 cm; some can exceed 10 cm. We herein report a case of a rare, large mediastinal schwannoma whose size is 20 cm × 15 cm × 12 cm, which has rarely reported before. Computed tomography scan showed a huge mass filling the lower right side of the chest and was compressing the right lower lobe of the lung. Subsequently, the tumor was completely resected using a right posterior lateral thoracotomy approach. The patient had an uneventful postoperative course and had done well since discharge from the hospital.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Mediastinal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Neurilemmoma / pathology
  • Neurilemmoma / surgery
  • Thoracotomy / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed