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Thymoma and Myotonic Dystrophy: Successful Treatment With Chemotherapy and Radiation*: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Ganesh C. Kudva, MD; Kochurani Maliekel, MD; Han J. Kim, MD; Keith S. Naunheim, MD, FCCP; Cary Stolar, MD; James W. Fletcher, MD; Sanjeev Puri, MD
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*From the Division of Hematology and Oncology (Drs. Kudva and Maliekel), Department of Radiation Oncology (Dr. Kim), Division of Thoracic Surgery (Dr. Naunheim), Department of Radiology (Dr. Stolar), Division of Nuclear Medicine (Dr. Fletcher), and Division of Cardiology (Dr. Puri), Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, MO.

Correspondence to: Ganesh C. Kudva, MD, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, 3635 Vista Ave at Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO; e-mail: kudvagc@slu.edu



Chest. 2002;121(6):2061-2063. doi:10.1378/chest.121.6.2061
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We present the case of a 42-year-old woman with myotonic dystrophy and thymoma. She was treated with combination chemotherapy followed by external beam radiation, and remains in remission 19 months after thymoma was diagnosed. The myotonic dystrophy is unchanged. Only six cases of this nature have been reported in the literature, and this patient is the first to be successfully treated with combined modality therapy.

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