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Mediastinum

Thymic carcinoma

Mucoepidermoid thymic carcinoma


Reviewer: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 3 March 2013, last major update December 2012
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Clinical features
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● Usually low grade, may be associated with multilocular thymic cysts (Am J Surg Pathol 2004;28:1526)
● Poor behavior if poorly differentiated with marked cytologic atypia or high stage (Am J Surg Pathol 1995;19:826)
● Good prognosis with few fatalities if well differentiated

Case reports
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● 31 year old man with thymic mucoepidermoid carcinoma with massive calcification (Kyobu Geka 2010;63:919)
● 53 year old man with asymptomatic hilar mass (Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2006;12:273)
● 53 year old man with chest discomfort, dyspnea and weakness (Pathol Res Pract 2004;200:567)

Micro description
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● Sheets, lobules and nests of squamous, mucinous and intermediate cells in densely fibrotic stroma

Micro images
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Well differentiated mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the thymus


Poorly differentiated mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the thymus

End of Mediastinum > Thymic carcinoma > Mucoepidermoid thymic carcinoma


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