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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 1, November 2013 pp 146-148

Research Article

Morphohistological Study of Thymus of an Adult Cadaver


Rajashree Sheelawant Raut1, Anjana Gaikwad2, B. H. Bahetee3

1Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor, 3Professor and Head

Department of Anatomy, B.J. Government Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Thymus is a bilobed gland situated in superior and anterior mediastinum. Thymus normally undergoes involution after puberty and is replaced by fibrofatty tissue. Objective: To study morphohistology of human thymus gland of an adult cadaver. To compare our findings with previous related literature. Materials and Methods: Thymus was obtained from an adult male cadaver during routine dissection of thorax region. Histology was studied to see the age changes in persistent human adult thymus. Conclusion: In the present study the morphohistological features of an adult thymus are studied. The knowledge is important for clinicians and radiologists for the differential diagnosis of mediastinal mass, neck mass (ectopic thymic tissue) before doing any investigative procedure.