The treatment of enlargement of the thymus is mainly medical, by arsenic, mercurials, tonics, air, light, etc. X-ray treatment has not as yet given definite results. Operative treatment is indicated in abscess; or, in case of simple enlargement, tracheotomy may be required to prevent suffocation. Castro reports one ease in which life was prolonged somewhat by tracheotomy. Rehn secured more permanent relief by opening the neck and drawing the gland upward, so as to relieve the trachea. It was suspended by sutures in its new location and recovery followed. Jackson of Pittsburg after securing temporary relief by tracneotomy, extirpated the thymus with permanent recovery.1
This is all that the latest and most extensive work on surgery has to offer on the treatment of a condition at once very dangerous and fairly frequent; most of the other text-books do not mention the subject at all, and judging from the
SCHWINN J. THYMIC ASTHMA, WITH REPORT OF A CASE OF THYMECTOMY AND RESECTION OF ENLARGED THYROID IN A CHILD 23 DAYS OLD.. JAMA. 1908;L(25):2059–2061. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310510027002c
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