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What does thymic remnant mean?

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Posted on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 in Brain and Spine
Question: what does thymic remnant mean? it came up on my ct and no one explained what it meant
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 24 minutes later
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this is normal

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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

This is normal at your age.

The thymus is an organ which would have been part of the immune system . It is a soft structure located in the chest behind the sternum.

It reaches its maximum size at some prior to the onset of puberty but after the onset of puberty starts to shrink and continues to decrease in size in adulthood. It decreases in size to what is called the thymic remnant or thymic remains.

It is normal.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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