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Ectopic thymic tissue presenting as a neck mass in children: A report of 3 cases

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May 1, 2010
by Estie Meyer, MBChB, FCORL(SA), Wakisa Mulwafu, MBChB, FCORL(SA), Johannes J. Fagan, MBChB, FCS(SA), MMed(Otol), Robin A. Brown, MBChB, DCH(SA), FRCS(Edin), and Kathryn Taylor, MBChB, DCH(SA), MMed(Anat Path)


The presentation of ectopic cervical thymic tissue as an anterior neck mass is rare. We report 3 similar cases in 3 boys-2 who had a thymic cyst and 1 who had an ectopic cervical thymus. We discuss the radiographic presentation on ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in these cases. We also review the typical histologic picture; histology is the only way of diagnosing this condition.

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