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How serious is a widened mediastinum? I am being told that I

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how serious is a widened mediastinum? I am being told that I have a questionable widened mediastinum on an AP view of my cervical spine.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DoogleNK replied 9 years ago.
Widening of mediatinum ( more than 8 cm on posterior-anterior chest x-ray) can be due to chest injury, aortic aneurysm, esophageal rupture, pericardial effusion, enlarged lymph nodes, lymphoma, thymoma, other medistinal masses & few more causes.

All of the above causes are serious enough to manadate further investigation to establish the exact cause. Further investigations may include 2D echo, MRI / CT scan or mediastinoscopy.

Please consult a physician for further evaluation & treatment.

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