Patient Comments: Thymoma - Diagnosis

Please describe how thymoma was diagnosed.

Comment from: Strudel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Ten years ago after an x-ray for chest pain they discovered I had a calcified thymus which was benign so they decided to do nothing. Then 2 years ago I had oral thrush that would not respond to treatment, and my doctor thought there might be a link to the thymus and sent me for an x-ray and it showed that the thymoma had invaded my lungs, superior vena cava and phrenic nerve. It has since been removed and I had radiotherapy. I still have to take medication for oral thrush.

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Comment from: Barbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

After being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis I was given a CT scan, that's when they discovered the mass of thymoma.

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Comment from: LAMike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

My thymoma was found during a chest x-ray. I had red blood cell count so they did a bone marrow biopsy to see why the low count, which lead to a chest x-ray. I had my thymoma removed surgically in October 2013. After that I had 33 doses of proton radiation.

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Comment from: Narayanan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

I had breathing trouble and chest pain and was admitted to the hospital. On x-ray of the chest normal view and then lateral view, doctors said there is an anterior mediastinal widening and I also had bilateral pleural effusion in lungs which doctors started to tap out and was found to be hemorrhagic in nature and stopped tapping. The tapped pleural fluid sample was sent for pathology and was negative for malignancy. Then doctors suggested CT scan and diagnosed thymoma. Doctors planned for surgery but fitness was not available as platelet count was low since I was having CLD (chronic liver disease) portal hypertension. Suddenly the pleural effusion disappeared from the lungs on subsequent x-rays. Doctors, considering the risk in surgery, took a FNAC (fine-needle aspiration cytology) of the tumor and found a negative-for-malignancy result for the few cells obtained. Doctors put me in follow-up and now I am under monthly check-ups for any growth since discharge from hospital a month back. No breathing trouble as of now.

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Comment from: femalepatient, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I went to the emergency room (ER) with extreme pain in chest and shortness of breath, could not take a deep breath, it hurt. EKG and chest x-ray were normal. I was sent home, felt back to normal after 3 days. Two weeks later, extreme neck and shoulder pain woke me up, as I got up and walked around chest pain kicked in as well. I got dressed and ready for work, but ended up driving to the ER. Different hospital this time, they did EKG, chest x-ray, nothing came back. I was in excruciating pain, 4 doses of morphine and no relief. CT scan is what showed the thymoma. It was quite large too, not sure why chest x-ray was not showing it. It was 9 cm x 4 cm. My body feels like it's fighting something now, I have shortness of breath, and I'm waiting for surgery, hoping it's scheduled quickly.

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Comment from: TC59, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

Where I work there is no elevator and I had to take the stairs every day. I had noticed for a few weeks I was getting more and more short of breath. It got to the point where I would almost pass out when I got to the top of the stairs. I went to see the doctor and a mass was found in the x-ray. A CT scan and biopsy indicated thymoma. I was stage IIIB and it was removed with surgery and 22 doses of IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy).

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Comment from: Nilu, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 07

My mom had thymoma removed via surgery few days ago. She had shortness of breath and tiredness for many years. Also a cough which couldn"t be treated with any medication. Chest x-ray was done to find the causes for the cough and a mass of the size of a coconut was found just underneath the breast bone. We were told it is lipoma, thymoma, or a germ cell tumor but after the surgery it was diagnosed as a thymoma and only treatment is removal, which is already done.

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