How is thymoma diagnosed?
Doctors often discover thymoma after diagnosing certain autoimmune disorders associated with thymoma. These conditions may include myasthenia gravis, red cell aplasia or hypogammaglobulinemia. If we suspect thymoma, we will order one or more of the following tests:
- Imaging tests:These tests take pictures of the inside of the body and may include a chest X-ray, CT (computed tomography) scan , PET scan, bone scan, or octreotide scan. These tests help the doctor learn more about the tumor’s size and shape.
- Biopsy: If something looks suspicious, the doctor may need to take a tissue sample for further testing. This is the only way to diagnose thymoma. We may perform a needle biopsy or surgical biopsy.