Flashcards in Thymus Deck (9)
T/F: The thymus is part of the cardiovascular system?
False: It is a major immune gland
What does the Thymus produce and why is this significant clinically?
T-lymphocytes. These are a major immune cell in fighting infection. These are no longer produced after birth but remain in the thymus to mature throughout life.
T/F: The thymus shrinks with age?
The thymus is composed of (blank) and lies primarily where?
-it is composed of two irregular lobes
-it lies primarily behind (posterior) to the manubrium and the body of the sternum
Which muscles lie just anterior to the thymus and thyroid gland?
Sternohyoid and Sternothyroid muscles
What is the blood supply to the thymus?
Internal Thoracic Atery
Where does the Thymus receive its nerve innervation from?
The Stellate ganglion of the sympathetic trunk and the Vagus
T/F: the thymus lies superior to the thyroid gland.
False. It lies inferior