Giant thymoma in the anterior-inferior mediastinum

Stefan Limmer*, Hartmut Merz, Peter Kujath

*Corresponding author for this work
6 Citations (Scopus)


Thymomas are usually found in the superior mediastinum and sternotomy is the standard approach for resection. We report a case of a male patient with a giant left-sided thymoma, nearly fulfilling the whole hemithorax. Due to the sheer size of the tumor and its location in the anterior-inferior mediastinum, we performed a lateral approach for thymectomy. On resection the specimen measured 18×16×12 cm. Histology revealed a mixed stage I thymoma. The patient is doing well 36 months after resection and has no signs of recurrence. In literature, a significant increase in the risk of recurrence for thymomas <8 cm is reported.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)451-453
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.2010


Dive into the research topics of 'Giant thymoma in the anterior-inferior mediastinum'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this