Sclerosing thymoma: A rare case report and brief review of literature

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Sclerosing thymoma is an extremely rare mediastinal neoplasm; it was recognized for the first time in 1994 and to date only 15 cases have been reported.

Patient concerns:

The present study report a case of a 65-year-old man who was incidentally found to have an anterior mediastinal nodule, without clinical symptoms including fever, chest pain, and myasthenia gravis.


The chest computed tomography (CT) revealed the nodule was 4.9 × 4.2 × 3.0 cm in size. And the microscopic and immunohistochemical findings indicated that the final diagnosis was sclerosing thymoma.


The anterior mediastinal nodule was completely removed.


No evidence of recurrence or complication was found in the second year after surgery.


The biologic behavior of the rare sclerosing thymoma is still largely mysterious; it is utmost importance to classify the sclerosing thymoma from other mediastinal tumors. Its prognosis is favorable and thymectomy is currently the mainstay of treatment.

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