Radiology Teaching Files > Case 290382

never visited MEDIASTINAL MASS
Contributed by: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Washington, USA.
Patient: male
History: man w/ hct of 19

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Diagnosis: thymoma.

Although rare, thymoma is the most common tumor of the anterior superior mediastinum.

Of patients with thymoma, 5% develop pure red cell aplasia; 10-50% of patients with red blood cell aplasia have thymoma. Thrombocytopenia, granulocytopenia, and autoantibody formation sometimes are observed. In two thirds of individuals with red cell aplasia, morphologically, the thymoma is the spindle cell variety. Approximately 30% of patients with the disorder resume normal hematopoiesis after thymectomy (Frank, 1995; Ammann, 1997; Casadevall, 1996).

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Case Number: 290382Last Updated: 03-08-2004
Anatomy: Other   Pathology: Benign Mass, Cyst
Modality: CT, Conventional RadiographExam Date: Access Level: Readable by all users

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