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01.12.2014 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 1/2014

Primary papillary carcinoma of the thymus with invasion into subcutaneous tissue through the sternum

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2014
Yuta Ibuki, Jiro Okami, Yasuhiko Tomita, Ayako Fujiwara, Takashi Kanou, Toshiteru Tokunaga, Masahiko Higashiyama
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1749-8090-9-77) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exists.

Authors’ contributions

IY analyzed and interpreted the patient data. JO performed the literature review, and was a major contributor in writing the manuscript. YT made a pathological diagnosis and prepared pathological figures. AF, TT, and TK helped surgery, encouraged to complete the work. MH supervised the data and the final editing of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


Thymic carcinoma is a rare malignant neoplasm. We present a Japanese case of papillary carcinoma of thymus in a 64-year-old man that invaded into subcutaneous tissue penetrating the sternum. We describe the clinical and pathologic features of this extremely rare thymic epithelial tumor, with disease-free survival at three years of follow-up.
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