Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo

Translated title of the contribution: Ectopic thymus in the differential diagnosis of neck masses

Maria Chiara Pellegrin, Giuseppa Patti, Elena Faleschini, Gianluca Tornese, Pierpaolo Guastalla, Alessandro Ventura

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Abstract

Ectopic thymus is a rare benign cause of paediatric neck masses. Because of embryologic migrational defects, ectopic thymic remnants can be found along the descent pathway from the mandible angle to the superior mediastinum. Clinically, between 2 and 13 years of age, ectopic thymus presents as a painless neck mass, secondary to hyperplasia (like in the normal thymus gland). Ectopic thymus rarely determinates symptoms of compression of adjacent cervical structures. Radiologic imaging and biopsy (especially in cases of intra-thyroidal nodules) help to determine the nature of the mass. If ectopic thymus is definitively diagnosed before surgery, it can be treated conservatively. In asymptomatic cases surgery is not mandatory because there is no convincing evidence of malignant degeneration and bleeding is very rare and typical of adulthood. A spontaneous involution of thymic tissue after puberty is expected.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)579-584
Number of pages6
JournalMedico e Bambino
Volume33
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014

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Thymus Gland
Differential Diagnosis
Neck
Mediastinum
Puberty
Mandible
Hyperplasia
Pediatrics
Hemorrhage
Biopsy

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Pellegrin, M. C., Patti, G., Faleschini, E., Tornese, G., Guastalla, P., & Ventura, A. (2014). Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo. Medico e Bambino, 33(9), 579-584.

Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo. / Pellegrin, Maria Chiara; Patti, Giuseppa; Faleschini, Elena; Tornese, Gianluca; Guastalla, Pierpaolo; Ventura, Alessandro.

In: Medico e Bambino, Vol. 33, No. 9, 01.11.2014, p. 579-584.

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Pellegrin, MC, Patti, G, Faleschini, E, Tornese, G, Guastalla, P & Ventura, A 2014, 'Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo', Medico e Bambino, vol. 33, no. 9, pp. 579-584.
Pellegrin MC, Patti G, Faleschini E, Tornese G, Guastalla P, Ventura A. Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo. Medico e Bambino. 2014 Nov 1;33(9):579-584.
Pellegrin, Maria Chiara ; Patti, Giuseppa ; Faleschini, Elena ; Tornese, Gianluca ; Guastalla, Pierpaolo ; Ventura, Alessandro. / Il timo ectopico nella diagnosi differenziale delle masse del collo. In: Medico e Bambino. 2014 ; Vol. 33, No. 9. pp. 579-584.
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