Life-threatening airway obstruction caused by mediastinal germinoma in a 9-year-old girl

Nobuyuki Morikawa, Toshiro Honna, Tatsuo Kuroda, Kiyoshi Tanaka, Yoshihiro Kitano, Miwako Nakano, Hiromitsu Matsuda, Keiichiro Tanaka, Noriko Kawashima, Jun Miyauchi

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The authors report a case of a 9-year-old girl with a mediastinal germinoma that required emergent surgical extirpation because of tracheal compression and asphyxia. The tumor was successfully debulked under general anesthesia with the capability of extracorporeal circulation immediately available. Postoperatively, the tumor responded to adjuvant chemotherapy and irradiation and the patient survived without evidence of recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-590
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Asphyxia
  • Germinoma
  • Mediastinum
  • Oncologic emergency
  • Tracheal compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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