Possibly active persistent thymus found in a human adult cadaver - a morpho-histological study

B. Satheesha Nayak, Naveen Kumar, P. Ashwini Aithal*, Surekha D. Shetty, Srinivasa Rao Sirasanagandla, Anitha Guru

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Thymus is a bilobed organ usually situated in the superior mediastinum. Thymus is normally active until puberty and as age advances it undergoes considerable fibro-fatty degeneration and is replaced by fatty tissue. We found a persistent thymus in an adult male cadaver aged 70 years approximately. It apparently looked healthy. Hence the objective of this study was to know the morpho-histology of a persistent human thymus gland. Associated with this we also found a concurrent absence of isthmus of thyroid gland. Thymus obtained was processed according to the standard procedures and sections were stained with Haematoxylin & Eosin stain to study the age related changes of the thymus gland. Stained sections of thymus revealed a normal, healthy architecture of lobes of thymus. Knowledge regarding these morpho-histological features of the persistent thymus is important for clinicians and radiologists for the differential diagnosis of any mediastinal mass or presence of ectopic thymic tissue before doing any investigative procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalOnline Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Age changes in thymus
  • Agenesis of thyroid isthmus
  • Morphohistology of thymus
  • Persistent thymus
  • Thymus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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