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March 1981

Aberrant Cervical Thymus: A Rare Cause of Acute Respiratory Distress

Author Affiliations

From the Kaiser Foundations Hospitals, Oakland, Calif. Dr McLeod is currently with the Ross Valley Medical Clinic, Greenbrae, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(3):179-180. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790390045013

• Aberrant thymic tissue in the neck is a rare occurrence and has not been implicated as a cause of acute respiratory distress. We report a case in which a 6-week-old infant suffered an acute respiratory arrest, was successfully resuscitated, and had an uneventful recovery. At 3 months of age, a large congenital cervical mass was excised. Pathologic diagnosis was aberrant thymus. There is a retrospective correlation between the respiratory arrest and the cervical mass.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1981;107:179-180)

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