Thymus Gland Pathology

Clinical, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Features

  • Corrado Lavini
  • Cesar A. Moran
  • Uliano Morandi
  • Rudolf Schoenhuber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Carla Palumbo
    Pages 13-18
  3. Milena Nasi, Marcello Pinti, Leonarda Troiano, Andrea Cossarizza
    Pages 19-30
  4. William Diehl-Jones, Debbie F. Askin
    Pages 31-37
  5. Antonio Maiorana, Luca Reggiani-Bonetti
    Pages 39-53
  6. Cesar A. Moran
    Pages 55-67
  7. Ghulam Khaleeq, Hakim A. Ali, Ali I. Musani
    Pages 69-87
  8. Loredana Capone, Riccarda Gentile, Rudolf Schoenhuber
    Pages 89-98
  9. Matteo Zanichelli, Manuela Gozzi, Mario Bertolani
    Pages 99-109
  10. Bruno Bagni, Antonella Franceschetto, Alessandra Casolo, Marina Cucca
    Pages 111-120
  11. Ciro Ruggiero, Corrado Lavini, Younes Mehd, Daniela Paioli, Marco Patelli, Mario De Santis et al.
    Pages 121-132
  12. Joseph B. Shrager
    Pages 133-136
  13. Vincenzo Lucio Indrizzi, Fabio Gazzotti, Maria Antonietta Fanigliulo, Alberto Tassi
    Pages 137-147
  14. Piero Borasio, Francesco Ardissone
    Pages 149-155
  15. Alfredo Mussi, Marco Lucchi
    Pages 157-160
  16. Uliano Morandi, Christian Casali
    Pages 161-166
  17. Marc de Perrot, Shaf Keshavjee
    Pages 167-171
  18. Marcin Zieliński, Łukasz Hauer, Jarosław Kużdżał, Witold Sośnicki, Maria Harazda, Juliusz Pankowski et al.
    Pages 181-186

About this book


The thymus has been a mysterious gland for centuries. The awareness of its role has been progressing, in particular during the second half of the twentieth century.

The thymic pathology is related to several complex congenital, non-oncological, and oncological diseases. Many of these illnesses require a multidisciplinary approach thus involving several specialists: the surgeon, the neurologist, the anesthetist, and the pathologist. For example, myasthenia gravis—the most challenging disease deriving from a thymic trouble—requires an accurate and multimodal treatment. The oncologic pathology of the thymus is likewise complex, and involves also the oncologist and the radiotherapist. In cases of congenital thymic diseases, a transplantation of the thymus can be taken into consideration.

This volume is an update on the pathology of this gland and includes 24 chapters written by international and well-known experts. The whole thymic pathology is described and new concepts about the nosological classification and the thymic neoplasm staging system are reported. Some chapters are focused on the radiologic, mini-invasive, and surgical diagnosis, and other chapters deal with surgical and non-surgical treatments. Special chapters are devoted to myasthenia gravis and thymus transplantation.

The book will appeal to all the specialists involved in the treatment of thymic pathology, but can also be of interest to practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Corrado Lavini
    • 1
  • Cesar A. Moran
    • 2
  • Uliano Morandi
    • 1
  • Rudolf Schoenhuber
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of General Surgery and Surgical Specialities Division of Thoracic SurgeryUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia General HospitalModenaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Thoracic PathologyUniversity of Texas Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of NeurologyBolzano HospitalBolzanoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Milan 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0827-4
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0828-1
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