We present three cases of thymoma associated with pure red blood cell aplasia in which thymomectomy and thymectomy were performed. Case 1, a patient with pure red blood cell aplasia and hypogammaglobulinemia, was treated after surgery with immunosuppressive agents. She did not show any remission and died eight months after the operation. Case 2, a patient with pure red blood cell aplasia alone, showed transient erythropoiesis only in the early postoperative period and died one year and seven months after the operation. Patient 3 had pure red blood cell aplasia alone before surgery and was treated after surgery with prednisolone and fluoxymesterone. He showed good remission from the aplasia after these treatments; however, myasthenia gravis appeared seven months after the operation. These results seem to show that such combined therapy as applied in case 3 may be effective for some of the patients with pure red blood cell aplasia and thymoma; however, the effects of thymomectomy or thymectomy (or both) are still controversial for the treatment of pure red blood cell aplasia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine