Ectopic cervical thymoma located in the carotid triangle

Jitsuro Tsukada, Ichiro Hasegawa, Hiroaki Sato, Toshihiro Kakefuda, Hitoshi Sugiura, Yoshiaki Narimatsu

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Ectopic cervical thymoma is an extremely rare tumor thought to arise from ectopic thymic tissue caused by the aberrant migration of the embryonic thymus. We present the case of a 44-year-old woman with an ectopic cervical thymoma located in the carotid triangle. A computed tomography (CT) scan detected a mass in her right carotid triangle. On an unenhanced scan, the tumor showed homogeneous isodensity compared with muscles, and neither fat nor calcification was detected. A contrast-enhanced CT image obtained during the arterial phase showed intratumoral septa, while an image obtained during the parenchymal phase showed cystic changes within the mass. The patient underwent a surgical resection. A histological study enabled a diagnosis of type AB thymoma in which foci with the features of type A thymoma are admixed with foci rich in lymphocytes. This subtype is a benign tumor with a good prognosis. Ectopic cervical thymoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of solid masses located in the carotid triangle when the CT findings are typical of a thymoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-142
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Radiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb


  • Carotid triangle
  • Dynamic CT
  • Ectopic cervical thymoma
  • Thymopharyngeal duct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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