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Diseases of the thymus (thymus gland)

The thymus (thymus gland) is located in the mediastinum and plays a key role in cellular immunity. It is formed from the 3rd and 4th gill arches in close connection with the parathyroid glands. The thymus is relatively large in a newborn, weighs 10–25 g, continues to increase until puberty, and then undergoes a gradual involution with the replacement of the parenchyma with fatty tissue. The thymus is pyramidal, surrounded by a capsule and consists of two lobes. The fibrous processes of the capsule divide each lobe into numerous lobules, each of which has an outer cortical layer surrounding the medulla located in the center. The main cells of the thymus are thymic epithelial cells and T-lymphocytes. Directly beneath the capsule, epithelial cells are tightly packed, but deeper in the cortex and medulla they form a network containing lymphocytes. In the cortex, epithelial cells contain abundant cytoplasm and pale chromatin-poor vesicular nuclei with one small nucleolus; cytoplasmic protrusions contact with neighboring cells. In the medulla, epithelial cells, on the contrary, are poor in cytoplasm and lack processes, they are oval or spindle-shaped with oval dark-colored nuclei. Curls of these cells form Gassal's little bodies with keratinized center.

Thymus is the most important organ of the immune system. The bone marrow stem cells migrate into the thymus and give rise to T-cells here. At the periphery of the lobules there is a layer of protocytic lymphoblasts, which give rise to more mature thymocytes (T cells) located in the cortex and medulla. Most cortical thymocytes are small compact lymphocytes containing CDh markers CD2 and CDh as well as CD4 and C08. The lymphocytes are smaller in the gates of the medulla, but they are similar to those found in the peripheral bloodstream, and are slightly larger than cortical lymphocytes; depending on the presence of surface markers, they can be divided into CD / (TA) and CD8 + (T &) - lymphocytes. In addition, macrophages, dendritic cells, single neutrophils and eosinophils, B-lymphocytes and myoid (muscle-like) cells can be found in the thymus. Myoid cells are of particular interest, since the development of myasthenia (myasthenia gravis) is associated with thymus, and musculoskeletal diseases are diseases of immune origin.

Morphological changes in the thymus occur in various systemic diseases - from immunological to hematological, as well as oncological. Thymus diseases are relatively rare and are divided into: 1) congenital; 2) thymic hyperplasia and 3) thymoma.

Congenital diseases. Congenital thymus aplasia (Di Georgie syndrome; A.Di George). The syndrome develops in violation of the formation of the 3rd and 4th gill arches in the embryonic period, characterized by the following symptoms: 1) thymus aplasia, resulting in the absence of T-cell differentiation and deficiency of the cellular immunity; 2) congenital hypoparathyroidism caused by the genesis of the parathyroid glands; 3) heart defects and large vessels. Death can occur at an early age from tetany; older children develop recurrent and persistent infections.

Thymus cysts. They are rare, they are usually found by chance during an operation or during an autopsy. Cysts rarely reach 4 cm in diameter, can be spherical or branching and are lined with multi-layered or prismatic epithelium. Liquid contents can be serous or mucous, and often hemorrhages.

Thymus hyperplasia. The disease is accompanied by the appearance of lymphoid follicles (follicular thymic hyperplasia). Iron may not be increased. Lymphoid follicles do not differ from those found in the lymph nodes, have germinal centers and contain both dendritic reticular cells and B-lymphocytes, which in small quantities also occur in the normal thymus. Although follicular hyperplasia is observed both in chronic inflammation and in immunological diseases, it is more often observed in myasthenia gravis (65–75% of cases). In this case, the neuromuscular disease autoantibodies to acetylcholine receptors disrupt the transmission of impulses through myonevral compounds. B-cell follicular hyperplasia reflects their role in the formation of autoantibodies. Similar changes to the thymus are sometimes found in Graves' disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other autoimmune diseases.

T o m o m s.
In the thymus, various tumors can form - from germ cells (germ cells), lymphomas, carcinoids. However, the term "thymoma" is used exclusively for tumors of thymic epithelial cells.

There are the following types of tim: 1) Benign - cytologically and biologically benign; 2) malignant - I type - cytologically benign, but biologically aggressive and capable of local invasion and less often distant metastases, II type - the so-called thymic carcinoma - cytologically malignant with all the features of cancer and comparable behavior.

All types of thymomas, benign and malignant, occur in adults (usually over 40) of people, rarely in children. Men and women get sick equally often. Thymomas usually appear in the anterior or upper mediastinum, but sometimes in the neck, thyroid gland, lung gate, less often in the posterior mediastinum.

Macroscopically thymomas are lobed, dense, gray-white formations. Sometimes there are areas of cystic necrosis and calcification, even in those tumors that later turn out to be biologically benign. Most tumors are encapsulated, but in 20-25% of cases there is a clear capsule penetration and infiltration of surrounding tissues by tumor cells. Microscopically, all thymomas are a mixture of epithelial cells and infiltrate from non-tumor lymphocytes in approximately equal proportions.

In benign thymomas, epithelial cells resemble those in the medulla and often have an elongated or fusiform form (medullary thymoma). Tumors containing significant quantities of epithelial cells of the medullary type are almost all benign. Often revealed an admixture of rounded epithelial cells of the cortical type. Some tumors are completely composed of such cells. Thymomas of this type often contain few lymphocytes. Gassal's calves are rare, and when they are, they resemble poorly formed additional curls. Gassal bodies do not have a diagnostic value, as they represent residual normal thymus tissue. Medullary and mixed variants account for about 50% of all tim.

Type I malignant tyoma is a cytologically benign tumor with local invasive growth and sometimes distant metastases. These tumors account for 20-25% of all tim. The ratio of epithelial cells and lymphocytes may be different. Epithelial cells are mainly cortical with abundant cytoplasm and rounded vesicular nuclei. Sometimes palisade is formed from these cells along the vessels. There are also fusiform cells. In the cytoarchitecture of the tumor, there are no signs of malignancy, which, however, is evidenced by the invasive nature of its growth and the younger age of the patients. The prognosis of these tumors is determined by the penetration of the capsule and the degree of invasion into the surrounding structures. If the invasion is minor, which allows you to completely remove the tumor, then 90% of patients experience a 5-year period. Massive invasion is often accompanied by metastasis, while less than 50% of patients experience a 5-year period.

Malignant thymoma type II is also called thymic carcinoma. It makes up about 5% of all tim. Unlike type I malignant thymoma type II has cytological signs of malignancy. The most frequent histological variant of the tumor is squamous cell carcinoma. Another common type of malignant thymoma is lymphoepithelioma, which consists of anaplastic cortical epithelial cells located among a large number of benign lymphocytes. Some of these tumors contain the Epstein — Barr virus genome. Other types of thymus carcinomas include sarcomatoid variants, basaloid carcinoma and clear cell carcinoma.

Thymomas can be asymptomatic, sometimes they are discovered by chance during heart and vascular operations. Among clinically significant tims, 40% of tumors are detected by X-ray examination or due to the appearance of symptoms of pressure on the surrounding tissues, and 50% due to their connection with myasthenia. About 10% of thymomas are associated with so-called systemic paraneoplastic syndromes, such as Graves disease, pernicious anemia, dermatomyositis-polymyositis, and Cushing's syndrome.

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Diseases of the thymus (thymus gland)

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