Ectopic hamartomatous thymoma is a rare benign tumor that consists of spindle, epithelial, and adipose cell elements. We present a case of this lesion arising in the supraclavicular region of a 59-year-old man, including the characteristic immunohistochemical and ultrastructural findings. DNA flow cytometry revealed diploidy with a low proliferation index (6.73%). The tumor contained CD99+ lymphocytes; CD99 (MIC2) can serve as a useful marker of immature T cells. These findings suggest that ectopic hamartomatous thymoma may develop from the third branchial pouch or thymic anlage.
|Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
|Published - Sep 2003