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Body computerized tomography and the thymus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  420597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preoperative body computerized tomography (CT) should be of value in depicting the size, extent, and location(s) of the thymus in myasthenic patients undergoing thymectomy. To date, we have been unable to visualize the thymus in three patients with myasthenia gravis using body CT. However, in two nonmyasthenic patients, large thymomas were clearly delineated. Although application of this technique currently appears limited by the size, location, and density of the thymus and the resolution of the scanners, we feel that CT of the mediastinum is an indicated procedure in the evaluation of the patient before thymectomy, especially in those myasthenic patients with a high risk of thymoma.
J F Aita; W M Wanamaker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of neurology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0003-9942     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Neurol.     Publication Date:  1979 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-04-25     Completed Date:  1979-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372436     Medline TA:  Arch Neurol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20-1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Myasthenia Gravis / radiography
Thymoma / radiography
Thymus Gland / radiography*
Thymus Neoplasms / radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*

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