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Medicine For Thymoma
Lab, imaging and bio: Ct imaging can help the environment, both location and size. Blood tests are used to help clarify its presence, and look for associations with myasthenia gravis. Testing that can done and include test to see for associations to myasthenia gravis, that include antibodies to acetylcholine receptor, blood counts, chemical panels looking at liver and kidney, immune evaluation of the cells inside. ...Read more
May be none: Up to half of people can have no symptoms. It can be found by accident when a chest film or ct scan is performed and a mass is found. Since it is the middle of the chest and if it grows large it can cause compression symptoms such as trouble swallowing or chest pain. It is looked for with certain diseases: myathenia gravis and can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Anterior mediastinum: Thymoma is a tumor that starts in the thymus. The thymus sits in font of the heart behind the sternum or breast bone. This area is called the anterior mediastinum. Thymoma can spread to other parts if the body like the lungs. But this is rare and they are usually contained within the thymus in the anterior mediastinum. ...Read more
Thymoma: Thymoma = tumor that originates from thymus tissue. ...Read more
Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will allow you to go home day after surgery and recovery within few weeks or less. I encourage patients to seek out a well trained, modern, minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. ...Read more
I have just recently learned that I have a thymoma and my former husband had one 8 years ago? Seem strange? I thought that this was rare? Does it seem strange that we both would have one.
Unusual: As dr. Stegman notes, it is an unusual coincidence. I concur, if not done already, you should consult with a skilled thoracic surgeon to assess best surgical approach. The majority of thymomas can be removed/resected using minimally invasive techniques such as vats or robotic. ...Read more
Depends clinical set: This depends on the clinical setting. Sometimes you may need surgical excision, especially if concerned about malignancy. Biopsies can be done. But surgery is the usual approach. Depending on the spread even chemotherapy is indicated. It is associated with myasthenia gravis at times. At times removal can cure the myasthenia gravis. ...Read more
Adjuncts only: Surgery is your mainstay of therapy when the thymoma is operable. Radiation and perhaps chemotherapy as appropriate. Complementary and comfort measures may be very helpful. "Alternative" practitioners nowadays tend to be the ones who talk darkly about conspiracies to hide easy cures. These are all phony. Don't reward these folks with your money, no matter how desperate you may be. ...Read more
Likely: Thymoma generally considered a slow growing form of cancer that begins in the thymus. Thymomas should be removed. Individuals with thymoma should have thorough evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. The following links may provide more information: http://goo. Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo. Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo. Gl/yjnh5. ...Read more
Open thymectomy: Typically takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours. A video approach with or without a robot usually takes a little longer, but avoids dividing the breast bone. Some thymomas are safely removed with either approach, others may require the open approach through the breast bone. Discuss the options with your surgeon to help understand what is best for you. ...Read more
Maybe: Recovery after thymoma differs depending on the type of surgery done to remove the thymus e.g. Sternotomy, cervical approach, minimally invasive (vats, or robotic). The pain may take weeks to months to get better. If your pain is not improving or if its getting worse you should contact your surgeon. They can tell you exactly what to expect at your stage of recovery. ...Read more
I had a thymoma removed last year and I was told it was benign and was fully encapsulated. But now every little pain and throb in my chest makes me ne?
More likely than not you are cured!
talk with your doc or surgeon
low chance of recurrence if you have the correct info. ...Read more
I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?
Sometimes: If thymoma is not causing symptoms, sometimes identified incidentally, found on chest X-ray or CT scan that is performed for another reason. If symptomatic chest X-rays, CT scans or MRI scans or the combination of PET and CT scans, are performed. While mass in the anterior mediastinum suggestive, definitive diagnosis can only be established when the mass is either removed or biopsied with pathology. ...Read more
Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more
Is surgery required if you were diagnose with a 2.1 cm proteinaceous/hemorraghic cyst or a cystic thymoma.
Yes get it removed: Any lump/growth in your body is best removed even if it is benign. Your cystic lump (Thymoma?) could have abnormal cells which did not show up on a biopsy. So a complete removal is advised. ...Read more