Thymoma and Autoimmune Neurological Disorders

A Search for Missing Links in Pathogenesis
  • Angela Vincent
  • Nick Willcox
  • Ioannis Roxanis
  • John Newsom-Davis
  • Cal McLennan
  • David Beeson


It has long been recognised that autoimmunity may be associated with particular tumours, and the regular co-occurrence of myasthenia gravis (MG) with thymoma is well established. In this brief review we will summarise some of the evidence for thymoma-associated antibodies in myasthenia, and in other neurological disorders, and discuss the possible relationship between the tumour, these antibodies and the initiation of the disease.


Small Cell Lung Cancer Limbic Encephalitis Determinant Spreading Thymic Tumour Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Vincent
    • 1
  • Nick Willcox
    • 1
  • Ioannis Roxanis
    • 1
  • John Newsom-Davis
    • 1
  • Cal McLennan
    • 1
  • David Beeson
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuroscience Group, Institute of Molecular MedicineJohn Radcliffe HospitalOxfordEngland

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