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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-153

A rare case of advanced thymic carcinoma: A case report

1 Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Porompat, Imphal, Manipur, India
2 Department of Anesthesia, RIMS, Imphal, Manipur, India

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Ng Javan
Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Porompat, Imphal, Manipur - 795 005
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.121602

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We present here a case of advanced thymic carcinoma in a 45-year-old lady who came to us with complaints of chest pain, cough, and dyspnea on exertion. Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of the chest of the patient showed an anterior mediastinal mass with prominent superior vena cava. The patient underwent debulking of the thymic mass; complete resection could not be done because the tumor was found infiltrating the superior vena cava, pericardium, and left innominate vein. The final histopathological diagnosis was a thymic carcinoma. Postoperatively, the patient received 60 Gy of radiotherapy and three cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin, doxorubicin, and etoposide. We conclude that surgery in combination with adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy are beneficial even in patients in an advanced stage of thymic carcinoma.

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