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Breast cancer metastasis to thymus
  1. Javaria Aleem1,
  2. Sandeela Sattar1,
  3. Javeria Iqbal2 and
  4. Faisal Majid1
  1. 1Breast Radiology, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Breast Surgery, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Javaria Aleem; javaria.aleem{at}


Despite advancements in breast cancer management, metastatic disease remains a challenge. Thymic metastasis is an infrequent site of involvement. We intend to report a rare case of a woman in her 40s who presented with bilateral nipple discharge for 2 months. A triple assessment confirmed left breast carcinoma. A staging CT scan and positron emission tomography scan revealed an anterior mediastinal mass of thymic origin, and histology confirmed metastatic breast cancer. The patient made a good recovery following surgical and oncological treatment.

  • Breast cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiology
  • Breast surgery

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  • Contributors JA—manuscript writing. SS—images selection and editing. JI—literature search, discussion and writing. FM—proofreading of the manuscript and grammar correction.

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