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Mediastinal tumor, also known as mediastinal neoplasm, is an abnormal growth of the tissue, which develops in mediastinum, located in the middle of the chest. It includes such organs, as sternum, heart, and trachea. Mediastinal tumor can develop either at the back or front of the mediastinum. Depending on the location of tumor, it can be either malignant or benign. In children with mediastinal tumor this condition is usually benign and it develops at the back of mediastinum. Tumors, which develop at the front of mediastinum, are in most cases cancerous and common in adults over 30 years old. Nonetheless, 70% of all cases of mediastinal tumors are benign and do not become malignant over the course of disease progression. Rarely, mediastinal tumor develops as a result of metastasis from cancer of other organs. People with lung cancer and cancer of esophagus are at the biggest risk of developing mediastinal tumor in progressed stages of their primary cancers. Most cases of benign mediastinal tumor are caused by lymphomas, cysts, and thyroid masses, which can become tumors, if not identified early.
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