Tuberculosis of the Thymus: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
James L. Cook,
Malek G. Massad,
Norman J. Snow.
Tuberculosis of the thymus is extremely rare and is commonly mistaken for thymoma. We present a case of what we believe is tuberculosis of the thymus in a 62 year old woman, which was mistaken for a thymoma. The clinical, radiological and pathological findings are described, as well as review of the English literature. A diagnosis of tuberculosis is still possible, despite a negative confirmatory test. Preservation of tissue sample for culture may improve detection of tuberculous infection in resected anterior mediastinal masses.
Keywords: thymus, tuberculosis, mediastinal mass
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