Thymoma Questions & Answers

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Kendrix J Evans, MD, MS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is thymoma?

What is the anatomy of the thymus gland relevant to thymoma?

What causes thymoma?

What is the prevalence of thymoma?

What is the prognosis of thymoma?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of thymoma?

Why are symptoms of thymoma more likely to be seen in children more than adults?

Which unusual presentations of thymoma have been reported?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of thymoma?

What is the role of radiography in the workup of thymoma?

What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of thymoma?

What is the role of PET scanning in the workup of thymoma?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of thymoma?

What is the role of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) in the workup of thymoma?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of thymoma?

How is thymoma staged?

Treatment

What is the role of chemotherapy in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the role of corticosteroids in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the efficacy of a combined treatment approach to thymoma?

What is the efficacy of octreotide in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the role of EGFR inhibitors in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the role of adjuvant radiation therapy in the treatment of thymoma?

How is myasthenia gravis (MG) managed prior to surgical treatment of thymoma?

Which surgical procedures are used in the treatment of thymoma?

What is the role of VATS in the treatment of thymoma?

What is included in postoperative care for thymoma?

What are the survival rates following the surgery for thymoma?

What are the possible complications of thymoma?

What is included in long-term monitoring of thymoma?