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I've been diagnosed with thymus hyperplasia. What r the symptoms and is this serious condition that needs treatment.

I've been diagnosed with thymus hyperplasia. What r the symptoms and is this serious condition that needs treatment.

Stop worrying: Usually this is an incidental finding on an imaging study of the chest. If you don't have symptoms of lupus, mysathenia gravis or some other immune disease, your thymus stayed around for whatever reason. So far as anybody I've ever talked to knows, you're not at increased risk. ...Read more

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Pathologic diagnosis....Resected thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade b cell lympho proliferative disorder. Is this lymphoma?

Pathologic diagnosis....Resected thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade b cell lympho proliferative disorder. Is this lymphoma?

Could be...: Certain lymphomas grow so slow that sometimes it is difficult for the pathologist to make the call between malignant or not. I suspect they may do additional work on the specimen and that your doctor will evaluate you further with labs, additional scans or another biopsy. If you have not seen a hematologist, maybe this is the time. Don't panic, just follow up his/her lead. Best to you. ...Read more

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Thymectomy done, thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade bcell lympho proliferative disorder. What can it be? Is this serious? Treat?

Thymectomy done, thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade bcell lympho proliferative disorder. What can it be? Is this serious? Treat?

No: Even if it's a low grade lymphoma if it's not anywhere else there's a good chance it will never come back. They should be able to tell from special tests of your thymus. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and prognosis for a benign reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the neck lymph node?

What are the symptoms and prognosis for a benign reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the neck lymph node?

Asymptomatic: Nodes in neck enlarge primarily from metastatic disease of oral cavity (squamous Ca) or glands in neck such as thyroid or parotid.
If there is primary enlargement noted, it is due to lymphoma or hyperplasia. Nodal disease in lymphoma, spreads and enlarges. Hyperplasia due to a local inflammatory process rarely causes pain and does not spread. Biopsy will resolve problem ...Read more

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My grand, Bella was 7 in Jan. For over 6months, she has had multiple lymph node swelling in neck, path showed follicular hyperplasia, what is cause?

My grand, Bella was 7 in Jan. For over 6months, she has had multiple lymph node swelling in neck, path showed follicular hyperplasia, what is cause?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are where the immune cells of the body process all the stimuli from various infectious and other foreign stimuli in our environment. In children these are very active areas as so many things are "new" to them. It is natural for these to swell and then subside. Only persistent enlargement is a cause for concern due to infection that isn't cleared, or neoplasia. ...Read more

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7mm round firm node on chin above jawline. 2 sub centermeter nodes at lower neck. Biopsy 3 mths ago on level 2 node indicates follicular hyperplasia.

7mm round firm node on chin above jawline. 2 sub centermeter nodes at lower neck. Biopsy 3 mths ago on level 2 node indicates follicular hyperplasia.

Question?: Not sure what the question is here. Sounds like the diagnosis has been made already. Pretty large lymph nodes for follicular hyperplasia. Was treatment recommended or prescribed? ...Read more

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Very sore throat, a lump in my right side of my neck, fna of right lymph node says "lymphocytes consistent with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia"?

Very sore throat, a lump in my right side of my neck, fna of right lymph node says "lymphocytes consistent with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia"?

Benign report...: Fna of the lymph node is the first step in diagnosing the cause of lymphadenopathy. The quote from the pathology report means the findings of the aspirate are benign. Lymphoid hyperplasia means there is external stimulation of the lymph node by infection or possibly an autoimmune process. Please follow up closely with your doctor. Sometimes more tests are needed if it doesn't go down in size. ...Read more

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Could thymus gland regrow?

Could thymus gland regrow?

Ususally not: Thymus usually regresses after reaching maximum size at puberty. It becomes infiltrated with fat during regression. It can enlarge with tumors such as thymoma and thymolipoma. Also hormone associated with hyperthyroidism or graves disease in adolescence can stimulate thymus to overgrow. Otherwise thymus remains dormant in older people. ...Read more

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What causes thymus swelling?

What causes thymus swelling?

Also consider...: Good's syndrome, which is a rare immunodeficiency that has been described in adults and is manifested by thymoma in conjunction with a combined cellular/humoral immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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What cavity is the thymus located in?

What cavity is the thymus located in?

Chest: The thymus gland is larger in young children, then gradually decreases in size as the person grows older. The thymus is in the chest and in particular in the "mediastinum" area. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born without a thymus gland?

Can a baby be born without a thymus gland?

YES: Several genetic defects that affect the development of t lymphocytes (immune system blood cells) results in absent or very small thymus. Also, deletion of chromosome 22q11 or digeorge syndrome, a relatively common genetic syndrome, causes poor devlopment of thymus, which is significant in 1% of babies with this chromosomal deletion. ...Read more

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Why is the thymus enlarged during puberty?

Why is the thymus enlarged during puberty?

Normal growth: There is slow growth of thymus to puberty when it starts to regress. Thymus involutes and is replaced gradually by fiibrofatty tissue in mediastiunum ...Read more

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When to go to ED for enlarged thymus gland?

When to go to ED for enlarged thymus gland?

Unsure about what: Ed means. If you mean emergency dept. Then there is really no need to go to "ed". Go to a primary physician who will then order a chest xray and ct scan of the chest for evaluation. Your clinical findings may indicate myasthenia gravis or thymoma. ...Read more

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Can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

Can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

Yes it may: The thymus gland — a part of your immune system situated in the upper chest beneath the breastbone — may trigger or maintain the production of these antibodies. Although the gland is large in infancy, it is small in healthy adults. But, in some adults with myasthenia gravis, the thymus is abnormally large. Often times removal of the thymus may improve patient symptoms and disease. ...Read more

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Anatomy, help with question about thymus location and function please?

Anatomy, help with question about thymus location and function please?

Central chest: This is a gland in between the lobes of the lung which is one of the assists for the immune system. It rarely causes problems but can be malfunctioning in a condition called myaesthenia gravis. ...Read more

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Is it common for a patient to gain weight after having a Thymus removed?

Is it common for a patient to gain weight after having a Thymus removed?

Thyroid: Removal may surely make you gain weight the thymus sort of dissappears in child hood and does not effect metabolism.


The thymus is largest and most active during the neonatal and pre-adolescent periods. By the early teens, the thymus begins to atrophy and thymic stroma is mostly replaced by adipose (fat) tissue. Nevertheless, residual T lymphopoiesis continues throughout adult life. ...Read more

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How is your thymus checked? If you have normal thyroid is that connected to thymus?

How is your thymus checked? If you have normal thyroid is that connected to thymus?

Clinically: If cellular immune system is normal the thymus has functioned. Thymus is seen radiographically in young children. After puberty can involute. The thymus is replaced by fibrofatty tissue. The thymus sometimes interacts with thymus by causing enlargement of medullary portion of thymus when in children hyperthyroidism is present. The exact mechanism is not known. ...Read more

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What is the function of the thymus?

What is the function of the thymus?

Immune system: Before birth and throughout childhood, thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, specific type of white blood cell that protects body from certain viruses and other infections. Thymus produces and secretes thymosin, hormone necessary for T cell development and production. Thymus involutes following puberty. ...Read more

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What is the thymus? What does it do?

What is the thymus? What does it do?

Immune system: Before birth and throughout childhood, thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, specific type of white blood cell that protects body from certain viruses and other infections. Thymus produces and secretes thymosin, hormone necessary for T cell development and production. Thymus involutes following puberty.Thymus resides in superior mediastinum of chest. ...Read more

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Can you suggest where I can buy thymus extract?

Save your money: Thymus extract has not shown to have any effect on the immune system. You'd be better off spending your money on sweet bread which often contains the thymus gland. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the thymus of a child and an adult?

What is the difference between the thymus of a child and an adult?

Absent in adult: In adults thymus usually has involuted, replaced by fibrofatty tissue. There is slow growth of thymus till puberty and regression begins. By gram weight thymus is largest at puberty. ...Read more

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I have a mass on my thymus. Is this definitely thyoma?

I have a mass on my thymus. Is this definitely thyoma?

Nothing is: "definite" without a tissue sample (biopsy) Follow your PCP's plan to evaluate!

Hope this helps
DrZ ...Read more

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Is there any possibility for my cancer to spread beyond the thymus?

Is there any possibility for my cancer to spread beyond the thymus?

What cancer do you: Have? Any cancer of any organ (with exceptions of basal cell cancer of skin and most brain cancers) left untreated, will spread to other tissues and organs. ...Read more

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What are foods that are good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

What are foods that are good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods have beneficial effects on your nervous system, immune system and hormonal system and hence your thymus gland as well. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are food good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Could you tell me what are food good for the thymus gland and nervous system?

Not certain: Eating fish is supposed to be good for the brain. I know of no food which nourishes your thymus, not even sweet bread. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dendritic cells present their acquired antigens to t-cells in the thymus?

Can you tell me how dendritic cells present their acquired antigens to t-cells in the thymus?

Surface factors: DCs process and present antigen to activate both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Only DCs are capable of activating naïve T cells. Immature DCs lay dormant waiting to interact with foreign antigen. Once the antigen is captured, it is processed either by exogenous, endosomal or a proteosomal pathway. Antigen is taken up by phagocytosis or receptor mediated endocytosis into the cytosol. The antigen is further degraded in the cytosol via proteosome and enters the endoplasmic reticulum where peptides bind to newly synthesized MHC class I molecules for presentation on the cell surface. Here costimulatory molecules including members of the B7 family, and TNF family are present which are critical to the activation of T cells. ...Read more

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I have been told I have resdidue tissue on my thymus gland but not cancerous should I still be concerned?

I have been told I have resdidue tissue on my thymus gland but not cancerous should I still be concerned?

Need more info: We all have a little bit of residual thymus in adult life. Did you have a thymus tumor that was treated? If you did not have any thymus tumor ever, residual thymus tissue is not a cause for concern, ...Read more

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I had MRI of the thymus as it was inlarged! How long should it take to know what's wrong, was to see on 29th put back to 19th of feb now!

I had MRI of the thymus as it was inlarged! How long should it take to know what's wrong, was to see on 29th put back to 19th of feb now!

The thymus is: A gland that helps develop the immune system during early life. It usually atrophies in adulthood, with little to no residual thymic tissue seen on imaging. In some medical conditions (including ra), the thymus can enlarge. This is called thymic hyperplasia. The MRI would potentially be able to distinguish between this condition and something more serious. ...Read more

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What is thymus cancer?

What is thymus cancer?

Thymus mass/cancer: Thymus is a gland we have in our low neck and chest during our childhood. It provides lymphocytes as is involved in our inmune system. This gland usually disappear or leave a small remnant. In some individuals in may grow abnormally causing mass effect in the middle of the chest (mediastinum) which maybe associated to myasthenia. Http://www.cancer.org/cancer/thymuscancer/detailedguide/index. ...Read more

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Who gets thymus cancer?

Who gets thymus cancer?

Usually after age 40: There are 3 main types, but generally progress slowly, and happen after age 40, also associated with patients with myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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What is thymus cancer from?

What is thymus cancer from?

Thymus gland: Thymoma is a slow-growing type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Removal of thymus gland is both diagnostic and potentially therapeutic. This can now be done without "splitting the breast bone". The following links may provide more information: http://goo. Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo. Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo. Gl/yjnh5. ...Read more

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Who does thymus cancer affect?

Who does thymus cancer affect?

The thymus: Is an organ that is prominent in childhood living behind the sternus and necessary to "instruct" lymphocytes to recognize "self" antigens, have memory (as in, easles, mumps chickn pox), and fend off certain infections. Itinvolutes in adults. Thymic carcinoma occurs rarely sporadically. Thymoma is a benign, but invasive, and associated with myasthenia and certain inflammatory diseases and anemia. ...Read more

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How can one get thymus cancer?

How can one get thymus cancer?

Same as anywhere: All you really need to do to get thymic cancer is have a thymus. Cancer is an overgrowth of cells which have lost their responsiveness to the normal signals of the body; this is why they break free and go elsewhere in the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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How is thymus cancer diagnosed?

Imaging and biopsy: Imaging is usually the first step in diagnosing thymus pathology. Ct scan would probably be required to differentiate between potentially malignant and benign lesions. Finally, biopsy will need to be performed to determine the cancer type and stage. ...Read more