Clinical Impact of Thoracic Scanographic Characteristics of Hematologic Malignancy Patients


The mediastinum can be the site of benign or malignant tumors, including 10 to 20% of hematological malignancies. Mediastinal mass syndrome (MMS) includes symptoms due to irritation, invasion or compression of the organs of the mediastinum. This syndrome includes respiratory manifestations that may be secondary to compression of the tracheobronchial tree, venous vascular manifestations with the superior vena cava syndrome or arterial manifestations, cardiac manifestations, digestive or nervous manifestations. The management of a mediastinal syndrome is a diagnostic and therapeutic emergency requiring the collaboration of several disciplines in order to achieve the most effective but least deleterious way possible to diagnostic imaging, etiological biopsy, and the possible implementation of life-saving symptomatic measures before the initiation of etiological treatment. Diagnostic thoracic imaging relies primarily on thoracic computed tomography (CT) to determine the size and nature of the mediastinal mass, the presence and extent of tracheobronchial or great vessel compression, the presence of pleural and/or pericardial effusion, pulmonary embolism, parenchymal lesions, and possibly subdiaphragmatic lesions. However, the potential severity of MMS is often under-diagnosed in adult patients, particularly in the context of hematologic malignancy. Indeed, we have very little literature on the initial management of these patients at risk. The present study propose to conduct the first multicenter study to analyze the characteristics (clinical, scanographic, echocardiographic, hematological and resuscitation) of the initial management of patients with symptomatic MMS at diagnosis or at relapse of a patient with MH admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Full Title of Study: “Clinical Impact of Thoracic Scanographic Characteristics of Hematologic Malignancy Patients With Mediastinal Mass Syndrome Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Retrospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: June 1, 2023


  • Other: analysis of thoracic scans
    • analysis of thoracic scans realised in standard care

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • patients with symptomatic Mediastinal mass syndrome
    • patients with symptomatic Mediastinal mass syndrome at diagnosis or at relapse of a patient with haematological malignancy admitted to the Intensive Care unit

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • To identify prognostic thoracic scan factors of severe mediastinal mass syndrome
    • Time Frame: 1 week
    • To identify prognostic thoracic scan factors of severe mediastinal mass syndrome defined by the occurrence of severe respiratory, hemodynamics and/or neurological failures.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Hematologic malignancy at diagnosis or relapse – Symptomatic mediastinal mass syndrome – Admission to the ICU, Continuous Medical Surveillance (CMS) or Intensive Care (IC) for symptomatology related to MMS – Chest CT (after maximum 48 hours of corticosteroid therapy (1mg/kg/ Prednisone equivalent), maximum 15 days before and 5 days after admission to ICU) – Maximum administration of corticosteroid therapy 48 hours before admission to the ICU (maximum 1mg/kg/ Prednisone equivalent) – No prior pleural or pericardial drainage – Study period: 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2021 (8 years) Exclusion Criteria:

  • No diagnosis of hematologic malignancy – Diagnosis of solid benign or malignant tumor – No mediastinal mass syndrome – No admission to ICU/CMS – No chest CT scan meeting inclusion criteria – Administration of corticosteroids for more than 48 hours prior to admission to the ICU and/or prior to chest CT – Lack of social security affiliation.

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 16 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • University Hospital, Toulouse
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Muriel Picard, MD, Principal Investigator, University Hospital, Toulouse
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Muriel Picard, MD, 0561756105,

Clinical trials entries are delivered from the US National Institutes of Health and are not reviewed separately by this site. Please see the identifier information above for retrieving further details from the government database.

At, we keep tabs on over 200,000 clinical trials in the US and abroad, using medical data supplied directly by the US National Institutes of Health. Please see the About and Contact page for details.