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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008 Apr;7(2):347-8. Epub 2007 Dec 6.

Thymoma accompanied by lichen planus.

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  • 1Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2(L5), Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871, Japan. 19720522@surg1.med.osaka-u.ac.jp


Thymomas are associated at a high frequency with paraneoplastic autoimmune diseases. We treated a 64-year-old male with a thymoma, who also had lichen planus. The tumor was resected and diagnosed as thymoma, however, the symptoms associated with lichen planus did not subside and persisted. A preoperative examination showed an elevated serum level of squamous cell carcinoma antigen, which gradually decreased to normal after surgery. The findings of this case are interesting for understanding the correlation between a thymoma and autoimmune abnormalities.

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