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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2017, Article ID 3621839, 4 pages
Case Report

Thoracoscopic Surgery for Glomus Tumor: An Uncommon Mediastinal Neoplasm and Iatrogenic Tracheal Rupture

1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Taizhou Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University, Linhai, Zhejiang, China
2Department of Pathology, Taizhou Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University, Linhai, Zhejiang, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Baofu Chen; moc.621@290366fbnehc

Received 8 November 2016; Accepted 19 December 2016; Published 4 January 2017

Academic Editor: Angelo Carretta

Copyright © 2017 Zhongjie Fang 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.


Mediastinal glomus tumors are rarely recognized, and only seven cases have been reported in the literature. Here, we describe a rare mediastinal glomus tumor and review the characteristics of this rare clinical case. The patient was a 50-year-old female who presented with coughing for 3 months. Her chest computed tomography scan demonstrated a localized tumor in the posterior superior mediastinum. Intraoperatively, we found a longitudinal rupture of the membranous trachea above the carina. We completely resected the tumor and repaired the tracheal rupture under a thoracoscopy using a pedicled muscle flap. The tissue was diagnosed as a mediastinal glomus tumor according to its histological and immunophenotypic characteristics.