Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic mediastinal fibrosis
- Mediastinal fibrosis
- Sclerosing mediastinitis
The signs and symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis depend on which structures of the mediastinum are affected (i.e. the heart, large blood vessels, windpipe, esophagus, and lymph nodes) and the severity of the scarring. Some people with this condition have only a single mass of scar tissue while others develop more extensive scarring that affects the entire mediastinum and may even extend into the neck or lungs. Many symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis arise when the esophagus, blood vessels and/or airways become blocked or compressed. Signs of these problems may include:
Last updated: 11/5/2014
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