The Japanese journal of surgery

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 439–442 | Cite as

Primary malignant thymoma in a-6-year-old boy

  • Koichiro Shibata
  • Yasunori Koga
  • Toshio Onitsuka
  • Seiichiro Karashima
  • Setsuko Sawa
  • Toshihiko Murayama
  • Masashi Kohno
Case Reports

Abstract

Although not uncommon in adults, thymomas are the least common mediastinal tumors in children. The behavior of these tumors in children is partially distinct with a much more rapid course and a poor prognosis. A symptom-free 6-year-old boy was treated for malignant thymoma detected incidentally on a chest X-ray in a school mass examination. At operation, the tumor was found to have already invaded the surrounding tissue. Complete removal at the base of the invasive tumor is the treatment of choice.

Key Words

malignant thymoma pediatric occurrence 

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© The Japan Surgical Society 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Koichiro Shibata
    • 1
  • Yasunori Koga
    • 1
  • Toshio Onitsuka
    • 1
  • Seiichiro Karashima
    • 1
  • Setsuko Sawa
    • 2
  • Toshihiko Murayama
    • 3
  • Masashi Kohno
    • 3
  1. 1.Second Department of SurgeryMiyazaki Medical CollegeMiyazakiJapan
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsMiyazaki Medical CollegeMiyazakiJapan
  3. 3.Second Department of PathologyMiyazaki Medical CollegeMiyazakiJapan

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