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J Korean Cancer Assoc > Volume 30(4); 1998 > Article
Journal of the Korean Cancer Association 1998;30(4): 743-751.
Thymic Carcinoma: Report of Eight Cases
Young Don Joo, Joon Hee Kim, Chang Hak Son, Ye Hoe Kim, Chan Hwan Kim, Hyun Sook Seo
1Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine.
2Department of Pathology, Inje University College of Medicine.
3Department of Radiation Oncology, Inje University College of Medicine.
Thymic carcinoma is a rare malignant neoplasm of the thymic epithelium, distinguished from benign or invasive thymoma by the presence of malignant cytology and a greater incidence of local invasion and embolic metastases. The true incidence of this neoplasm is unknown. Nearly three fourth of their patients had symptoms of an anterior mediastinal mass, including cough, chest pain, and superior vena cava syndrome. These patients rarely have myasthenia gravis or other thymoma-associated paraneoplastic syndromes. The treatment of thymic carcinoma remains a controversial matter. We report eight cases of thymic carcinoma treated in our institution from 1990 to 1997.
Key words: Thymic carcinoma;Mediastinum
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