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I have an enlarged Thymus, 48 year old female and am

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I have an enlarged Thymus, 48 year old female and am concerned as to what I may be facing
JA: How long have you been dealing with this issue? Any other skin concerns?
Customer: It was brought to my attention after having an MRI of my upper torso
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have been diagnosed with cirrhosis and underwent an TIPS procedure Feb 2015
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 10 months ago.

Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 10 months ago.

How was this discovered?

What symptoms are you having?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. I look forward to helping you.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It was discovered after an MRI for my liver and my Liver Specialist brought it to my attention, I followed up with my PCP who did a scan and is indeed enlarged. I was told to look out for signs changes in voice (which I have noticed happening the past 3 months) My new GI Dr. has referred me to a Dr. who specializes in Cancer... I am very nervous to pursue
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 10 months ago.

I can understand your being nervous. But, all things considered, it sounds like you are getting excellent care.

Just because you are going to see an oncologist does not mean you might have cancer. Oncologist treat many different diseases.

As a matter of fact cancer of the thymus is very, very rare.

In adults there are many possible reasons for the thymus to be enlarged. It can be due to a cyst (fluid filled sac), a thymoma (benign growth), or fat in the thymus.

In adults with an enlarged thymus doctors are concerned about possible Myasthenia Gravis so they will be watching you for any signs of this condition.

So. What is the take home message?

Continue to follow your doctors advice. I bet things will be OK.

Does this make sense to you?

It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me.

Dr. Rick MD FACS