John A. Conti, MD; Alan R. Colicchio, MD; Leslie M. Howard, MD
Conti JA, Colicchio AR, Howard LM. Thymoma, Myasthenia Gravis, and Relapsing Polychondritis. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:163-164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-2-163
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(2):163-164.
The association of thymoma with myasthenia gravis is well established (1). We describe a patient in whom thymoma and myasthenia gravis occurred together with relapsing polychondritis. This is the first association of relapsing polychondritis with thymoma, myasthenia gravis, or both.
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