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Ege Journal of Medicine
2018, Cilt 57, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 051-053
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Cervical ectopic thymus: A rare cervical mass in a newborn
Ülgen Çeltik1, Emre Divarcı1, Zafer Dökümcü1, Sevinç Kalın2, Ahmet Çelik1
1Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
2Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Pediatrik Radyoloji Bilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
Keywords: Cervical ectopic thymus, thymus, congenital disease, children

Cervical ectopic thymus (CET) is a rare cause of cervical mass in childhood. The aim of this study is to present two CET cases that were referred to our clinic with cervical swelling in neonatal period. Two cases who had painless swelling in left upper cervical region beginning from the neonatal period were evaluated. In both cases, a soft non-fluctuant painless swelling in the palpation was detected in the physical examination. To exclude the malign mass, tissue sampling was planned. The masses were excised totally. As a result of pathological examination it was reported as ectopic thymus tissue. No complaint was recorded during the postoperative period. CET should be taken into consideration in the neonatal cases applying with cervical swelling. It is rare and not easy to establish a definitive diagnosis, tissue sampling should be considered for the exclusion of other diagnoses.

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