Symptoms and Causes of Thymus Cancer


The following symptoms may be caused by thymoma, thymic carcinoma, or other conditions.

  • A cough that doesn't go away.
  • Chest pain.
  • Trouble breathing

Sometimes thymoma and thymic carcinoma do not cause symptoms. The cancer may be found during a routine chest x-ray or CT scan done for some other reasons.

Patients diagnosed with thymoma often have other diseases (autoimmune diseases). These diseases cause the immune system to attack healthy tissue and organs. They include:

  • Myasthenia gravis.
  • Acquired pure red cell aplasia.
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia.
  • Polymyositis.
  • Lupus erythematosus.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Thyroiditis.
  • Sjogren syndrome.

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Myasthenia Gravis

People with thymoma often have other diseases of their immune system, most commonly myasthenia gravis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic disorder causing a weakening of the muscles. Symptoms include muscle weakness because antibodies block the chemical signal connecting the nerve and muscle. Read More.



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Thymoma is a tumor originating from the thymus gland. It is an uncommon tumor, best known for its association


The following tests and procedures may be used: Physical exam and history, Chest x-ray, CT scan (CAT scan) etc.


By far the most effective treatment for Thymoma is complete surgical removal of the tumour along with the

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