Korean J Radiol.  2009 Oct;10(5):527-530. 10.3348/kjr.2009.10.5.527.

CT Findings of an Ectopic Pancreas in the Anterior Mediastinum

  • 1The Department of Radiology, Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou 310009, China. yurisheng2003@yahoo.com.cn
  • 2The Department of Radiology, the No 6 Hospital of Hangzhou, Hangzhou 310014, China.


We report here on a rare case of an ectopic pancreatic tissue in the anterior mediastinum. A 32-year-old woman without any symptoms was transferred to our hospital because of an abnormal large mediastinal shadow on her chest radiograph during a checkup. The computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a giant cystic-solid mass that measured 16 x 13 x 8 cm and it was located in the center of the anterior mediastinum and it symmetrically grew to two sides. On enhanced CT scans, the solid component of the mass showed marked enhancement. We performed total surgical resection of the mass and complete pancreatic tissues were verified on the pathological examination.


Mediastinum; Ectopic pancreas; Radiography; Computed tomography (CT)
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