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It is not my intention to present in detail a textbook discussion of tumors of the chest, but after a brief general discussion of the subject to report a series of cases that have occurred in my private practice and that have been observed at the Steiner Clinic of Atlanta. Intrathoracic tumors are more common than formerly reported, and are divided into primary and secondary.
Primary tumors may be benign or malignant. The benign group, including lipoma, chondroma, osteoma, fibroma, fibropapilloma and dermoids, is rare. Benign tumors may occur in the mediastinum or in the lungs. The diagnosis of nonmalignancy cannot be made at once but only after prolonged observation, when, if the tumor has not increased in size and if it retains its regular sharp outline, with no increase of symptoms, a diagnosis of nonmalignancy may be made. Benign tumors may produce pressure symptoms that are distressing, and at
DAVISON TC. INTRATHORACIC TUMORS: REPORT OF CASES. Arch Surg. 1930;21(6):1393–1415. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1930.01150180509027
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