Mediastinum
Thymic carcinoma
Clear cell


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Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Definition / general
  • Rare; clear cytoplasm due to either glycogen or degenerative changes
  • Almost always fatal
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lobular or occasionally sheet-like growth pattern of polygonal cells with clear cytoplasm, rather bland nuclear features, round vesicular nuclei, prominent nucleoli; delicate fibrovascular stroma (Am J Surg Pathol 1995;19:835)
  • No blood lakes, no mucin
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Large cells with abundant optically clear cytoplasm

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis
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