JOHN B. FERSHTAND, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ROBERT R. SHAW, M.D.
Interest in tumors of the thymus gland has been stimulated by their association with myasthenia gravis. Blalock,1, 2 Clagett3, 4 and others have reported on the sometimes apparently beneficial results of thymectomy in this disease. This case is unique in that symptoms of myasthenia gravis developed for the first time after subtotal removal of a malignant thymic tumor. We have been unable to find any reports of a similar occurrence in the literature. The duration of the known existence of this tumor, its great size, length of life after the appearance of symptoms, and the magnitude of involvement of the
FERSHTAND JB, SHAW RR. MALIGNANT TUMOR OF THE THYMUS GLAND, MYASTHENIA GRAVIS DEVELOPING AFTER REMOVAL1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:1025–1035. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-4-1025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(4):1025-1035.
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