CT appearances of the normal and abnormal thymus in childhood

Thomas E. St. Amour, Marilyn J. Siegel, Harvey S. Glazer, Scott N. Nadel

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Computed tomography in 25 children with diseases of the thymus was evaluated to determine which features are the most useful in diagnosing thymic pathology. In each case thymic shape, density, and size, particularly thickness and width, were analyzed and compared with similar data in 71 normal children with no clinical evidence of thymic abnormality. Comparison showed that most thymic diseases altered normal thymic shape and contour, and hence evaluation of gross thymic morphology alone was adequate for recognition of abnormality. Although thymic thickness was a more reliable indicator of disease than width, this measurement was rarely required for diagnosing disease. The attenuation value of the thymus was helpful occasionally in suggesting a specific diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-650
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


  • Children
  • Computed tomography
  • Thymus gland, abnormalities
  • Thymus gland, anatomy


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