The thymic size in children: A preliminary sonographic study

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It is usually believed that the size of the thymus increases up to the age of one year and perhaps it increases even until puberty. We performed a sonographic assessment of the thymic volume in nine healthy term infant 3-7 times within the first one-and-a half years of life. We found that the thymic size increased only during the first 6 months of life and then it decreased. Two children were atypical in that the size of the thymus increased again after 6 months of age. We suspect that the thymic size may be affected by infections and feeding modes and ongoing larger sonographic studies will hopefully reveal this.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Ultrasound
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997

    Research areas

  • Healthy infants, Mediastinum, Thymus size, Ultrasonography

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