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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 140-141

Accessory thymus in posterior mediastinum


Department of Pediatric Surgery, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, India

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Sushmita Bhatnagar
56/B, Venus Apartments, Worli Sea Face, Worli, Mumbai - 400 018
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.44765

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Presence of thymus in the normal position as well as in the posterior mediastinum is an unusual phenomenon. We report here a case of posterior mediastinal mass in a 20-month old male child who presented with dysphagia and dry cough. Investigations revealed it to be a solid posterior mediastinal mass, suspected to be either lymphoma or a neuroblastoma. Excision of the mass followed by histopathologic examination revealed the mass to be a normal thymus. This case indicates that a benign mass, an accessory thymus, though rare, can be located in the posterior mediastinum and cause symptoms similar to solid mediastinal tumors.






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