Thymic cyst - an uncommon diagnosis

Authors

  • Patrícia Gonçalves Paediatric Service, Paediatric Department, Hospital Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa
  • Ana Paula Martins Paediatric Surgery Service Paediatric Department, Hospital Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa
  • Rosa Leon Paediatric Service, Hospital Santo Espírito de Angra do Heroísmo
  • Miroslava Gonçalves Paediatric Surgery Service Paediatric Department, Hospital Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v23.i3.8699

Keywords:

Cyst, thymus gland, Valsalva maneuver

Abstract

Introduction: Thymus cysts are lesions not frequently seen on our daily practice. They are mainly diagnosed during adolescence, but can be identifi ed in any age group. These lesions are usually assymptomatic. The diagnosis is usually made by histological examination because imaging studies not always allow the differential diagnosis with more common lesions such as cystic hygroma. Surgery is the treatment of choice and prognosis is excellent if the lesion is completely removed.

Case report: The authors describe a case of a male sex adolescent with 12 years old presenting with a cervical mass varying in size with Valsalva maneuver.

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Published

2016-03-01

How to Cite

Gonçalves, P., Martins, A. P., Leon, R., & Gonçalves, M. (2016). Thymic cyst - an uncommon diagnosis. NASCER E CRESCER - BIRTH AND GROWTH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 23(3), 158–160. https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v23.i3.8699

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Case Reports