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A 23-year-old female asked:

I don't understand why the thymus is inlucded in the lymphatic system, other than the function of t cell maturation, it doesn't make sense?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Immune system: Thymus functions chiefly to develop t-lymphocytes.Once mature, cells leave thymus and are transported via blood vessels to the lymph nodes and spleen.T-lymphocytes are responsible for cell mediated immunity, activation of certain immune cells to fight infection. Congenital absence of thymus results in patient getting serious infections.Thymus gradually involutes when immune system functioning.

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Last updated Dec 12, 2013

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