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A rare case of thymic carcinoma manifesting as a liver mass
Nathan Peterson1, Erica Vormittag2, Adil Sanaulla3
1MD, 2nd year resident, Internal Medicine Residency, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 800 Meadows Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33486-2304.
2BS, 4th year medical student, Undergraduate Medical Education, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
3MD, Assistant Professor Division of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431.

Article ID: 100010Z10NP2016
doi:10.5348/Z10-2016-10-CR-1

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MD, 2nd year resident, Internal Medicine Residency
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
800 Meadows Rd. Boca Raton
FL 33486-2304

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Peterson N, Vormittag E, Sanaulla A. A rare case of thymic carcinoma manifesting as a liver mass. J Case Rep Images Oncology 2016;2:1–4.


Abstract
Introduction: hymic carcinoma is a rare neoplasm of the thymus gland, also known as thymoma type C. Thymomas of all types usually present with masses in the mediastinum, with symptoms related to compression of local structures. Thymic carcinoma diagnosed by indentifying metastasis in the liver is very rare, with only one other case reported in literature.
Case Report: Herein, we present a case of thymic carcinoma that originally presented with a very large liver metastasis in a 32-year-old male with abdominal pain and distention. He was found to have metastatic thymic carcinoma with a liver lesion 6.6x5.2 cm in diameter.
Conclusion: This case is the first reported in literature of a thymic carcinoma presenting with liver lesions of this size. Further studies are necessary to evaluate effective treatments for this disorder. The case demonstrates that though rare, thymic carcinoma should be considered when evaluating liver masses.

Keywords: Abdominal pain, Liver metastasis, Thymic carcinoma


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Author Contributions
Nathan Peterson – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Erica Vormittag – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Adil Sanaulla – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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