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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thymoma (Overview)

Thymoma is a type of cancer where the uncontrolled growth of thymus cells may cause compress the nearby lung or esophagus causing cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and chest pain. Thymomas are also associated with diseases where the immune system targets a person's own cells.


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What are the symptoms of thymoma?

What are the symptoms of thymoma?

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

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
300 doctors shared insights

Thymoma (Overview)

Thymoma is a type of cancer where the uncontrolled growth of thymus cells may cause compress the nearby lung or esophagus causing cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and chest pain. Thymomas are also associated with diseases where the immune system targets a person's own cells.


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How fast does a thymoma grow?

How fast does a thymoma grow?

See below: Generally a slow growing tumor and are locally invasive. Most low grade tumors are benign and often cured with surgery alone. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a thymoma?

How do you diagnose a thymoma?

Imaging +/- biopsy: Chest ct scan is the main modality. Additional tests can be used and occasionally a needle biopsy may be needed. Frequently the diagnosis is confirmed only after resection. ...Read more

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What are the tests 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

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I have a thymoma and I've been havin chest pain with numbness and tingling in my arms I know its not a panic attack like everyone says so what could be?

I have a thymoma and I've been havin chest pain with numbness and tingling in my arms I know its not a panic attack like everyone says so what could be?

Check it out: Any chest pain should be considered a possibility of heart origin -- so make sure that it is not a coronary heart disease -- then perhaps you need another imaging study to see the size of your thymoma -- it too can cause chest discomfort and numbness to the extremities and may need to be removed -. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thymoma?

What is the treatment for thymoma?

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

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How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

Thymoma recurrence: The best way to prevent recurrence is surgical resection with negative margins in the first place. If surgical margins are positive or "close" consideration to add radiation therapy is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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What can cause thymoma?

What can cause thymoma?

Unknown cause: Like many other Cancers, the cause of Thymoma is unknown. It is simply an accident of nature and sheer bad luck! ...Read more