Tiny thymic carcinoma completely surrounded by thymic tissue
We report a case of a 61-year-old man with a tiny thymic carcinoma completely surrounded by thymic tissue. First, a thoracoscopic resection of about two-thirds of the right inferior part of the thymus containing the tumor was performed to obtain the histological diagnosis. Frozen-section diagnosis at operation revealed a thymic carcinoma. Therefore we performed a median sternotomy and resected the remnant of the thymus. A tiny thymic carcinoma completely surrounded by thymic tissue is extremely rare. In this case, as the tumor was tiny and there was a homogeneous mass without a thymoma-like component, we concluded that this tumor was de novo.
Key wordsthymic carcinoma x-ray negative de novo
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