Thymic carcinoma in children

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Yaris N., Nas Y., Cobanoglu U. , Yavuz M. N.

PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER, cilt.47, ss.224-227, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 47 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/pbc.20468
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.224-227


Thymic epithelial neoplasms consist of thymomas, thymic carcinoids, and thymic carcinomas. Carcinomas are malignant tumors of the thymus characterized by obvious cytological anaplasia. They constitute only 4%-14% of thymic epithelial neoplams. Thymic carcinoma rarely occurs in children. Research in the English literature carried out for the present study revealed only 14 cases younger than 18 years-of-age. Here we have reported a 16-year old girl who presented with respiratory distress due to huge anterior mediastinal mass. Histological and immunohistochemical studies confirmed lymphoepithelioma-like thymic carcinoma. She received systemic chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, she died within 15 months due to progressive disease.