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Thymic Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

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Anatomy: Chest
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Neoplasia Malignant
Created: over 10 years ago
Updated: over 10 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: CT
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8 month old with sacral skin rash and failure to thrive.

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Thymic Langerhans Histiocytosis


CT – Multiplanar images demonstrate an enlarged thymus with scattered dystrophic calcifications and mild mass effect.


Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a disease of disordered immunoregulation. The Langerhans cell is a monocyte derived antigen presenting cell involved in T-cell mediated immune responses and some nonimmune responses. Overproliferation and accumulation in various organs results in disease.

LCH may present as a focal or systemic disease. Prognosis is related to the number of organ systems involved and inversely related to patient age at diagnosis. The skin, skeleton, lungs, gastrointestinal system are most commonly involved although virtually any organ can be affected.

Thymus involvement by LCH can be manifested by diffuse or nodular enlargement, areas of low or cystic attenuation, air cysts, and/or calcifications. The thymus is commonly involved in multisystem disease. The thymus usually normalizes on imaging with successful treatment.


Junewick JJ and Fitzgerald NE. The Thymus in Langerhans’ Cell Histiocytosis. Pediatric Radiol (1999); 29:904-907.

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