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J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2005 Dec;7(2):59-61. doi: 10.1097/

Von hippel-lindau disease associated with thymoma and myasthenia gravis.

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From the Department of Neurology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.


Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by central nervous system hemangioblastomas, retinal angioma, and renal cell carcinoma. Thymoma and autoimmune neurologic disorders have not been reported in association with VHL disease. We report a unique concurrence of antibody-positive myasthenia gravis and thymoma in a patient with VHL disease. Although this may be coincidental, a possible genetic link between thymoma and VHL is described.

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