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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 7172062, 3 pages
Case Report

Traumatic Rupture of A Posterior Mediastinal Teratoma following Motor-Vehicle Accident

Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 979 East Third Street, Suite C720, Chattanooga, TN 37404, USA

Received 21 July 2016; Accepted 21 August 2016

Academic Editor: Sibu P. Saha

Copyright © 2016 Christopher Bell et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a case of a posterior mediastinal mature cystic teratoma with rupture secondary to blunt chest trauma in a 20-year-old male involved in a motor-vehicle accident. Initial treatment was guided by Advanced Trauma Life Support and a tube thoracostomy was performed for presumed hemothorax. The heterogeneous collection within the thoracic cavity was discovered to be the result of a ruptured cystic mass. Pathologic findings confirmed the mass consistent with a mature cystic teratoma. As mediastinal teratomas are most commonly described arising from the anterior mediastinum, the posterior location of the teratoma described in this report is exceedingly rare.