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Ectopic cervical thymus: case report and review of pathogenesis and management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20003586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Ectopic cervical thymus is a rare anomaly, and 50 per cent of cases occur in children. The aim of this report was to remind clinicians of this rare condition, which is part of the differential diagnosis of a paediatric neck lump. METHOD: Case report together with literature review of the pathogenesis and management of ectopic cervical thymus. RESULTS: The ectopic cervical thymus is a rare cause of a benign neck mass, and is thus usually misdiagnosed as lymphadenopathy or neoplasia. We discuss its embryology, aetiology, presentation, histopathology, radiology and management, with reference to the reported case. CONCLUSION: Ectopic cervical thymus should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of a paediatric neck lump. The diagnosis can often be confirmed by cytology and radiology prior to surgical excision.
Farhan Ahsan; R Allison; J White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-12-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-24     Completed Date:  2010-08-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  694-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Choristoma / diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis
Lipoma / diagnosis
Neoplasms, Adipose Tissue / diagnosis
Thymus Gland*
Treatment Outcome

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