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Familial thymic cyst.
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004 May; 68(5):573-9.IJ

Abstract

Thymic cysts are rare lesions of the anterior mediastinum or neck. The majority are asymptomatic, and the remainder are associated mainly with symptoms of dysphagia or dyspnea. Diagnosis is difficult before surgery. Cervical thymic cysts are relatively rare; age at presentation ranges from the neonatal period to adulthood, and the most frequent presenting sign is a lateral neck mass. Mediastinal thymic cysts are more common and account for 1% of all mediastinal masses. They tend to occur in the older age group and are usually detected incidentally on chest X-ray film or computed tomography scans. Dysphagia and dyspnea are the main symptoms. We describe two brothers, aged 5 and 8 years, with mediastinal thymic cysts that presented as low cervical masses and review the embryology, diagnosis and management of thymic cysts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tiqva 49202, Israel.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15081231

Citation

Joshua, Ben Zion, et al. "Familial Thymic Cyst." International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, vol. 68, no. 5, 2004, pp. 573-9.
Joshua BZ, Raveh E, Saute M, et al. Familial thymic cyst. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004;68(5):573-9.
Joshua, B. Z., Raveh, E., Saute, M., Schwarz, M., Tobar, A., & Feinmesser, R. (2004). Familial thymic cyst. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 68(5), 573-9.
Joshua BZ, et al. Familial Thymic Cyst. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004;68(5):573-9. PubMed PMID: 15081231.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Familial thymic cyst. AU - Joshua,Ben Zion, AU - Raveh,Eyal, AU - Saute,Milton, AU - Schwarz,Michael, AU - Tobar,Ana, AU - Feinmesser,Raphael, PY - 2003/03/11/received PY - 2003/11/17/revised PY - 2003/11/19/accepted PY - 2004/4/15/pubmed PY - 2004/10/1/medline PY - 2004/4/15/entrez SP - 573 EP - 9 JF - International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology JO - Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol VL - 68 IS - 5 N2 - Thymic cysts are rare lesions of the anterior mediastinum or neck. The majority are asymptomatic, and the remainder are associated mainly with symptoms of dysphagia or dyspnea. Diagnosis is difficult before surgery. Cervical thymic cysts are relatively rare; age at presentation ranges from the neonatal period to adulthood, and the most frequent presenting sign is a lateral neck mass. Mediastinal thymic cysts are more common and account for 1% of all mediastinal masses. They tend to occur in the older age group and are usually detected incidentally on chest X-ray film or computed tomography scans. Dysphagia and dyspnea are the main symptoms. We describe two brothers, aged 5 and 8 years, with mediastinal thymic cysts that presented as low cervical masses and review the embryology, diagnosis and management of thymic cysts. SN - 0165-5876 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15081231/Familial_thymic_cyst_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0165587603004828 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -