Mediastinum
Thymoma and related entities
Thymolipoma

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 18 June 2018, last major update December 2012

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Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Thymolipoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/mediastinumthymolipoma.html. Accessed June 21st, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Increased thymic volume, due to lobules of mature adipose tissue mixed with unremarkable thymic tissue
  • Benign
  • May be neoplasm of thymic fat (Ann Diagn Pathol 2009;13:185)
Epidemiology
  • Usually young to middle aged adults, found incidentally
Clinical features
  • 10% associated with thymoma-like paraneoplastic symptoms
Case reports
Gross description
  • Encapsulated, up to 20 cm
  • Resembles lipoma
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Thin fibrous capsule surrounding lobules of mature adipose tissue intimately associated with unremarkable thymic tissue containing cortex, medulla and Hassall corpuscles
  • May have thymic epithelial proliferation, myoid cells, zones of dense fibrosis
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Thymic elements within mature adipose tissue

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Contributed by Snehal Sonawane, M.D.
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Mature adipose tissue admixed with unremarkable thymic tissue