Mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma with rosette formation mimicking thymoma and thymic carcinoid

Histopathology (Impact Factor: 3.45). 08/2006; 49(1):93-5. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.2006.02339.x
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