Paraneoplastic extra limbic encephalitis associated with thymoma

Giovanna Rizzardi, Andrea Campione, Paolo Scanagatta, Alberto Terzi

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We report the case of a 55-year-old woman with thymoma diagnosed after finding of extra limbic encephalitis. She presented neurologic symptoms as seizure and aphasia; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed multiple lesions located in insular, parietal and temporal lobes (in cortical and sub-cortical area). Brain biopsies confirmed the diagnosis of encephalitis and CT-scan of the thora] showed an anterior mediastinal mass suspected for thymoma. The patient was submitted to thymectomy through a median sternotomy and we assisted to secondary reduction of cerebral lesions and total remission of symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-756
Number of pages2
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Extra-limbic encephalitis
  • Paraneoplastic neurologic syndrome
  • Thymoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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