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Thymic Carcinoma
John P. Lichtenberger, III, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Definitions

                • Thymic carcinoma: Malignant thymic epithelial neoplasm
                • Thymoma: No histologic features of malignancy, but may exhibit unpredictable biologic behavior

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Radiographic Findings

                  • CT Findings

                    • MR Findings

                      • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                          PATHOLOGY

                          • General Features

                            • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                • Microscopic Features

                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                  • Presentation

                                    • Demographics

                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                        • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                          Selected References

                                          1. Moon JW et al: Thymic epithelial tumors: prognostic determinants among clinical, histopathologic, and computed tomography findings. Ann Thorac Surg. 99(2):462-70, 2015
                                          2. Marx A et al: ITMIG consensus statement on the use of the WHO histological classification of thymoma and thymic carcinoma: refined definitions, histological criteria, and reporting. J Thorac Oncol. 9(5):596-611, 2014
                                          3. Rosado-de-Christenson ML et al: Imaging of thymic epithelial neoplasms. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 22(3):409-31, 2008
                                          4. Nishino M et al: The thymus: a comprehensive review. Radiographics. 26(2):335-48, 2006
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                                          References
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                                          KEY FACTS

                                          • Terminology

                                            • Imaging

                                              • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                • Pathology

                                                  • Clinical Issues

                                                    • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                      TERMINOLOGY

                                                      • Definitions

                                                        • Thymic carcinoma: Malignant thymic epithelial neoplasm
                                                        • Thymoma: No histologic features of malignancy, but may exhibit unpredictable biologic behavior

                                                      IMAGING

                                                      • General Features

                                                        • Radiographic Findings

                                                          • CT Findings

                                                            • MR Findings

                                                              • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                                                                DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                  PATHOLOGY

                                                                  • General Features

                                                                    • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                                                                      • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                        • Microscopic Features

                                                                          CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                          • Presentation

                                                                            • Demographics

                                                                              • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                                DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                  Selected References

                                                                                  1. Moon JW et al: Thymic epithelial tumors: prognostic determinants among clinical, histopathologic, and computed tomography findings. Ann Thorac Surg. 99(2):462-70, 2015
                                                                                  2. Marx A et al: ITMIG consensus statement on the use of the WHO histological classification of thymoma and thymic carcinoma: refined definitions, histological criteria, and reporting. J Thorac Oncol. 9(5):596-611, 2014
                                                                                  3. Rosado-de-Christenson ML et al: Imaging of thymic epithelial neoplasms. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 22(3):409-31, 2008
                                                                                  4. Nishino M et al: The thymus: a comprehensive review. Radiographics. 26(2):335-48, 2006