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June 6, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(23):1963-1964. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720490043020

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The Passing of "Status Lymphaticus"  Many unexpained deaths in persons in good health from trivial causes, during an operation or under an anesthetic, have ascribed to "status lymphaticus" which is described as due to a hypertrophy of the lymphoid tissue of the body generally with enlargement of the thymus. A committee, appointed by the Medical Research Council and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland to investigate the subject, has presented its report. An elaborate investigation, embodied in a series of fifteen tables, establishes the average weight of the normal thymus and the average percentage of thymic weight to body weight at different ages. No evidence was found that acute diseases of short duration reduce the average weight appreciably. An abnormally large thymus in itself is not indicative of status thymicolymphaticus when no obvious cause of death is found post mortem (as has been supposed). Out of twenty cases

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