Most of the surgery of the thymus gland up to the present has been concerned with the direct operative relief of tracheal and esophageal obstruction due to hypertrophy of the gland, the not infrequent cause of sudden death in infants. As this particular condition is practically limited to the period of infancy and early childhood, it follows that most of the operative work on this organ has been done during this early stage of growth; in fact, I am able to find the report of but one thymectomy performed on an adult. This one case will be considered more in detail in discussing the relation of the enlarged thymus to Graves' disease. The major portion of this paper will, therefore, be devoted to the thymus in infancy.
My attention as an operating surgeon was first called to this restricted but none the less promising field of recent surgical endeavor by
PARKER CA. SURGERY OF THE THYMUS GLAND. THYMECTOMY. REPORT OF FIFTY OPERATED CASES. Am J Dis Child. 1913;V(2):89–122. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1913.04100260002001
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