Neurologic Symptoms Caused by Mature Cystic Teratoma of the Thymus

Mia S. Turbati, Andrew M. Smith, I. Tien Yeh, John R. Garrett, Michael Tran

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This case report describes an unusual presentation of a rare mature cystic teratoma of the thymus. It was indistinguishable from other anterior mediastinal masses without surgical resection and histologic diagnosis. Malignant thymic masses and mediastinal masses that cause compression of the heart and surrounding vessels have been reported to cause paresthesia. However, this case documents a mediastinal teratoma, specifically a benign thymic teratoma, that presented with symptoms of sensory dysfunction among other neurologic deficits. Complete surgical resection of the teratoma was performed without complications, and all symptoms resolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e357-e359
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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