Thymus Gland!

Functions of the Thymus Gland?

Im glad you asked! The Thymus Gland is very important, It has many functions but mainly the Thymus serves an important role in the training and development of T-lymphocytes or T cells, an extremely important type of white blood cell. The Thymus is more associated with the Immune system more than the Endocrine system.

Diseases of the Thymus

Digeorge Syndrome- Consists of a very small or no Thymus, People with this disorder have very low immune systems. Treatment of this disorder involves either a new Thymus Gland or infusions of immune cells to prevent infection.

Symptom: This syndrome can cause heart defects, Poor immune system function, a cleft palate and low levels of Calcium in the body.

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency : A genetic disease that has few immune cells in the body that results in a weakened immune system.

Symptoms:Shortness of Breath, Facial Swelling, Muscle Weakness, Blurred Vision,Double Vision, Neck Swelling, Neck Pain etc...

Big image