Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Joseph Varon  
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX


Tuberculosis of the Thymus: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author(s): Jacques Kpodonu, 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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Article Details

Year: 2005
Page: [123 - 126]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/1573398054023028
Price: $58