Thymoma symptoms can vary from person to person, while many patients have no symptoms at all.
Many thymoma symptoms are related to myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that can be caused by this cancer. Other symptoms are caused by the tumor pressing on nearby organs and structures, such as blood vessels.
Thymoma symptoms include:
- A persistent cough, sometimes accompanied by bloody phlegm, or mucus
- Constant chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble swallowing
- A hoarse voice
- Swelling of the face, neck, upper body or arms
- Muscle weakness
- Anemia, a lack of healthy red blood cells that deliver oxygen throughout the body. This condition can lead to weakness, fatigue and dizziness.
- Frequent infections
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms do not always mean you have thymoma. However, it is important to discuss any thymoma symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
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