The rarity of primary carcinomas of the thymus is indicated by the fact that only three cases have been reported since the article of Rubaschow1 in 1911. He had gathered from the literature reports of sixty-nine tumors of the thymus, fifty-two sarcomas, twelve carcinomas and five undetermined growths. A further search of the literature has revealed another carcinoma reported by Pollosson and Piery2 in 1901 (apparently overlooked by Rubaschow), one by Honda and Taguchi3 in 1921, one by Symmers and Vance4 in 1921 and one by Jacobson5 in 1923. The case herewith reported is therefore the seventeenth primary carcinoma of the thymus recorded.
REPORT OF CASE
—A. L. L., aged 58, a traveling salesman, came under observation, Feb. 5, 1925. For three months he had had constant pain in the left hypochondrium and lumbar region. There had been constant pain in the right side for about two months. For
LEMANN II, SMITH J. PRIMARY CARCINOMA OF THE THYMUS: REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(6):807–815. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120300124010
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