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Hello - I'm new here and was wondering if anyone would know anything about residual thymic tissue. In my latest CT It says I have residual thymic tissue in the anterior mediastinum. I also have nodules in my left lung base measuring approx. 5.5 mm in size. I am really having problems breathing...I always feel like I'm choking/being strangled so i feel I have to cough to be able to breath. Would one have anything to do with the other? I've already been tested for TB, Sarcoidoisis, and had a breathing test done. They all came back ok. I go see a Cardiothoracic Surgeon next week, I'm hoping he will be able to help me. But in the meantime I'm just trying to do a little research.

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gma4xs
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replied March 26th, 2009
Residual thymic tissue
My son, age 19 was diagnosed with testicular cancer, it was removed, two years later he had nodules in both lungs. He went thru intensive chemo for three months since they said it was a very fast growing cancer, although it had not affected his lymph nodes. He has been cancer free for 5 years. He has been hospitalized now because of 3rd degree burns from a brush fire.
A lung X-ray and CAT scan show he has residual thymic tissue on his sternum. He presently has developed a staph infection from his burns and they are not doing anything about it now but want to see him again in 6 months. They say this should be taken out. So, I don't know if this helped you any at all but just thought it was slightly related.
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replied March 27th, 2009
residual thymic tissue
steppemom - first of all i would like to say God Bless you and your son. I'm glad he has been cancer free for 5 years. I'm sorry to hear about the fire I hope he is doing ok. your reply is helpful to me, i just have a few questions... did the doctors say why it needed to come out? was it possible for this to turn into cancer?
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replied June 13th, 2009
Hello All!! I am his wife lol... It's scary to think a boy at age 17 can get cancer! He said it actually did spread to his lymph nodes at age 19. To answer your question, his Doctors wouldn't remove the thymus because of his active MRSA infection. With such an active infection, opening up his body cavity would only bring more problems. He also has Graves' Disease and his Dr's are currently regulating his thyroid before they take the next step with his thymus. They say it will turn into cancer if it is not removed within the next few months. Luckily, he is in a place now that has amazing medical care. His skin graft is healing and becoming more and more painful, so hopefully they will find a way to help that as well. Hope this answers any questions you guys might have!
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replied July 2nd, 2009
LUNG issue - Possible Lymphangiomyomatosis Pulmonary Disease
LYMPHANGIOMYOMATOSIS-- PLEASE look it up. Hasn't anyone even mentioned that? It's rare, but it can be sporadic ot related to Tuberous Sclerosis. Have your kidneys ever been checked?
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replied July 3rd, 2009
He's had pulmonary function tests which show that his lungs are extremely healthy. Regarding the Tuberous Sclerosis, he doesn't have a tumor in his lungs (or brain, eyes, heart, kidney, or skin).... He has a handful of specialists following him. He has an Endocrinologist, Oncologist, Pulmonologist, etc etc....
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replied July 3rd, 2009
I'm confused here- WHO's wife are you? I was answering the question posted by MSTOVER3 - In any event, I am not aware if the Poster is Male or Female.. LAM is even more rare in Men if Poster is indeed a male. LAM can be Sporadic-Mainly in females, but there are cases in Males as well. Tuberous Sclerosis (TS): I meant that LAM can be related to TS or it may just be Sporadic LAM. This does not sound like TS, Although I have no other symptom/manifestations to go on here.
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replied July 3rd, 2009
....lol steppemom is my husband's mother. you might want to re-read the thread. are you in the medical field?
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replied July 3rd, 2009
I am sincerely baffled here..Re-Read the thread? Are we not discussing the post actually Posted by MSTOVER3
? I am responding to the Original poster who has the symptoms. Are you also related to the Poster? I responded with a Diagnostic possibility and you responded about your husband.
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replied November 7th, 2011
Re: Residual thymic tissue
MSTOVER3 wrote:
Hello - I'm new here and was wondering if anyone would know anything about residual thymic tissue. In my latest CT It says I have residual thymic tissue in the anterior mediastinum. I also have nodules in my left lung base measuring approx. 5.5 mm in size. I am really having problems breathing...I always feel like I'm choking/being strangled so i feel I have to cough to be able to breath. Would one have anything to do with the other? I've already been tested for TB, Sarcoidoisis, and had a breathing test done. They all came back ok. I go see a Cardiothoracic Surgeon next week, I'm hoping he will be able to help me. But in the meantime I'm just trying to do a little research.

Thanks,
gma4xs
a residual thymic tissue is a remnant of the thymus gland mostly composed of fatty tissues. this is not considered anything abnormal. your pulmonary nodule may be a cause for concern and needs further testing like repeat CT scan or biopsy. your breathing difficulty may be due to bronchial constriction as in the case of asthma if no pulmonary fibrosis or pleural effusion is seen in CT scan.
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replied March 4th, 2013
My 4 month old son has had trouble breathing since he was 2 weeks old. The doctors said it looks like asthma so they were treating as asthm. But at 3 months it started getting worse so we were sent to a pulmonary specialist that said he sound like he has a case of strider and should go away by 10 months but i told him its getting worse every month so he referred my son to a ENT specialist and they had taken a scope to look down and they found a some sort of a mass but couldn't ser far enough down to identify it. So they said that they want to do a scope that goes further down but he needs to be put to sleep so less then a week later we went back to have the it done and when they put the scope in they could see the mass eas taking up half of his airway which explains why my son had so much trouble breathing but as they looked at the mass they couldn't identify it. They said they never seen anything like it in the airways before so they tried to drain it and it wouldn't drain and they had taken a sample for a biopsy. They were going to remove the entire mass but their became to much swelling. Finally a week later i had gotten a phone call with the result and they said it came back as the thymus and tgey said they have never seen a case like this so if anyone is familiar with anything like this please let me know thank you
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