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Ectopic Cervical Thymus: A Common, yet Rarely Symptomatic Pediatric Neck Mass

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Lee Rousslang*, Jaren Meldrum, Veronica Rooks, Augustah Poutre and Timothy Biega   Pages 1 - 8 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Ectopic thymic tissue is an unusual finding that is generally asymptomatic. We present a case series of five pediatric patients with cervical ectopic thymuses. In two patients, the ectopic thymic tissue was symptomatic, and in three patients it was an incidental finding. We highlight the need to include this anomaly on the differential diagnosis for a pediatric neck mass. We also propose observation, rather than surgical excision, as the treatment of choice for asymptomatic cervical ectopic thymus.

Keywords:

Cervical ectopic thymus, symptomatic thymus, pediatric neck mass, asymptomatic, surgical excision, incidental finding.

Affiliation:

Department of Radiology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Department of Radiology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, Department of Radiology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Department of Radiology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii



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