Thymoma originating in a giant thymolipoma: A rare intrathoracic lesion

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Thymolipoma is a rare, slow-growing, benign tumor that arises from the anterior mediastinum and corresponds to 2% to 9% of all thymic neoplasms. We present the case of a 49-year-old man who had a large heterogeneous mass with areas of soft tissue and fat tissue located on the anterior mediastinum and right hemithorax. After resection, histologic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of a giant thymolipoma containing solid components that corresponded to thymomas B1, B2, and B3. We discuss the occurrence of an atypical variant of thymolipoma containing three types of thymomas inside. © 2013 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.




Guimarães, M. D., Benveniste, M. F. K., Bitencourt, A. G. V., Andrade, V. P., Souza, L. P., Gross, J. L., & Godoy, M. C. B. (2013). Thymoma originating in a giant thymolipoma: A rare intrathoracic lesion. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 96(3), 1083–1085.

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