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Cervical thymic cyst presenting as a possible cystic nodal metastasis of papillary carcinoma in a 53-year-old man

Title
Cervical thymic cyst presenting as a possible cystic nodal metastasis of papillary carcinoma in a 53-year-old man
Author
조석현
Keywords
Thyroid gland; Cysts
Issue Date
2011-09
Publisher
VENDOME GROUP LLC, 149 FIFTH AVE, 10TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10010 USA
Citation
Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, Vol.90, No.9 [2011], p437-438
Abstract
Cervical thymic cysts are rare embryonic remnants that develop along the course of thymic migration in the neck. They usually occur during infancy and childhood, and they are extremely rare in adults. We report a case of cervical thymic cyst in a 53-year-old man. The patient presented with a small mass of the thyroid gland and a cystic mass at the left level II area of the neck. On histopathology, the thyroid mass was identified as a papillary carcinoma and the left-sided neck mass was diagnosed as a cervical thymic cyst lined with nonkeratinizing, flattened squamous epithelium. The cyst wall contained atrophic thymic tissue composed of lymphoid cells, epithelial cords, and Hassall corpuscles. Although it is rare, cervical thymic cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a lateral cystic neck mass in an adult.
URI
http://search.proquest.com/docview/896729671?accountid=11283http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/36717
ISSN
0145-5613
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