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Carcinosarcoma of the Mediastinum: A Rare Cause of Vocal Cord Palsy and Progressive Dysphagia [Medeniyet Med J]
Medeniyet Med J. 2020; 35(2): 166-169 | DOI: 10.5222/MMJ.2020.82956  

Carcinosarcoma of the Mediastinum: A Rare Cause of Vocal Cord Palsy and Progressive Dysphagia

Irfan Mohamad1, Nithya Kanesan1, Norsyamira Aida Mohamad Umbaik2, Norzaliana Zawawi3
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
2Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
3School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

Carcinosarcoma is a rare type of malignant tumour that possess both the elements of carcinoma and sarcoma. They may occur in various locations such as the uterus, breast, thyroid, lung and gastrointestinal system. However, there are very few primary mediastinal carcinosarcoma reported. We are reporting a case of 75-year-old male who presented with progressive dysphagia and hoarseness for 3 weeks duration. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) neck showed features of enlarged mediastinal necrotic nodes and the biopsy of this mass showed morphology and immunohistochemical profile that are consistent with carcinosarcoma. However, patient succumb to his illness soon after diagnosis.

Keywords: Mediastinum, tumour, carcinosarcoma, dysphagia, vocal cord palsy


Irfan Mohamad, Nithya Kanesan, Norsyamira Aida Mohamad Umbaik, Norzaliana Zawawi. Carcinosarcoma of the Mediastinum: A Rare Cause of Vocal Cord Palsy and Progressive Dysphagia. Medeniyet Med J. 2020; 35(2): 166-169

Corresponding Author: Irfan Mohamad, Malaysia


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