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Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Jun;77(6):2209-10.

Noninvasive thymoma in the middle mediastinum.

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  • 1Department of Surgery I, Tokyo Women's Medical University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


We present a rare case of thymoma that developed entirely in the middle mediastinum. A 60-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a mediastinal mass. The mass was located in the visceral compartment of Shields' mediastinal classification. Intraoperative pathologic evaluation revealed a thymoma, whereupon total thymectomy was performed. The postoperative course was uncomplicated and the patient received no postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy.

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