Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that typically has a good response rate to first line chemotherapy regimens. There have been reports of successful chemotherapy, but with a residual mass from fibrosis. Here, we report the case of a 19-year-old primigravida presenting with cardiogenic shock and superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome at full term who was found to have a PMBCL. Following delivery via urgent cesarean section, she was put on veno-arterial extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) and once hemodynamically stable was started on chemotherapy. In view of limited change in tumor size on consecutive CT scans and questionable response to chemotherapy, there were multidisciplinary meetings wherein withdrawing support was discussed and put forward to the family. At that point, surgical debulking was offered on compassionate grounds to be able to wean her off the VA-ECMO. This case report highlights the role of salvage resection when there are no other options.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Case Reports in Oncology|
|State||Published - May 1 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Publication of this article was funded in part by the Temple University Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund.
© 2019 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- Salvage resection
- mediastinal mass
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