CHARLES B. FULGHUM, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Removal of a tumor of the thymic region to influence the course of associated myasthenia gravis was first done in this country by Blalock5 in 1936. Since that time there have been numerous reports of this procedure.7, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18 More recently the surgical attack has been expanded to include cases of myasthenia gravis in which no thymic tumor can be demonstrated. These have been subjected to exploration of the anterior mediastinum and excision of all recognizable thymic tissue.3, 4, 9, 17
Results of these operations and other studies seem to indicate the following relationships of the thymus
FULGHUM CB. CYSTIC TUMOR OF THE THYMIC REGION AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS: REPORT OF A CASE IN WHICH THE TUMOR WAS REMOVED*. Ann Intern Med. ;32:327–335. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-2-327
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(2):327-335.
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