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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Jan;12(1):75-6. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2010.253997. Epub 2010 Oct 18.

Synchronous B3 thymoma and lung bronchoalveolar carcinoma.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy.


The association between thymic tumors and other intrathoracic or extrathoracic neoplasms is relatively rare; the synchronous occurrence of thymoma and bronchoalveolar carcinoma of the lung has never been described so far. A huge B3 cystic thymoma was found at thoracotomy to be associated with stage IV bronchoalveolar carcinoma (intraparenchymal and pleural metastases). The thymic tumor was completely resected; lung cancer was biopsied only for diagnosis and staging purposes. After an uneventful postoperative course the patient underwent chemotherapy; she is still alive and well one year after surgery.

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