Ectopic thymus

Topic Completed: 1 December 2012

Minor changes: 23 January 2020

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Ectopic thymus[TI]

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Cite this page: Gulwani H. Ectopic thymus. website. Accessed January 22nd, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Remnants, implants or accessory nodules that may appear from angle of mandible to thyroid gland, most commonly at level of thyroid gland
  • Rarely becomes hyperplastic or neoplastic
  • Usually an incidental finding during thyroid surgery in preteens, very rare in adults due to thymic involution
Radiology images

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Homogeneous mass in
submandibular space,
extending toward
parapharyngeal space

Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Normal appearing thymic tissue
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Central cervical epithelial rest

CK5 / 6, p63, CD10

Differential diagnosis
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