The Thymus

Diagnostic Imaging, Functions, and Pathologic Anatomy

  • Eberhard Walter
  • Eberhard Willich
  • W. Richard Webb

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. W. J. Hofmann, H. F. Otto
    Pages 5-13
  3. M. Debatin
    Pages 15-21
  4. E. Walter, E. Willich, W. R. Webb, G. de Geer
    Pages 23-34
  5. E. Willich, E. Walter, W. R. Webb, G. de Geer
    Pages 35-55
  6. E. Willich, E. Walter, H. F. Otto, W. J. Hofmann
    Pages 63-108
  7. E. Walter, E. Willich, W. J. Hofmann, H. F. Otto, W. R. Webb, G. de Geer
    Pages 109-193
  8. E. Walter, E. Willich, W. J. Hofmann, H. F. Otto, W. R. Webb, G. de Geer
    Pages 195-204
  9. E. Willich
    Pages 205-208
  10. H. Wiethölter, E. Willich, E. Walter
    Pages 209-215
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 217-226

About this book


Until the middle of the present century, the morphology and function of the thymus were primarily of interest to those working in the fields of pathologic anatomy, endo­ crinology, and pediatrics. However, during recent decades careful and refined histo­ logic studies of the organ have expanded our knowledge. It now seems certain that the thymus plays a central role in the immune system, and some of the substances pro­ duced by this organ are considered together under the collective term of "thymic hor­ mones". In clinical medicine (in particular endocrinology and pediatrics, as well as surgery and radiologic oncology), the startling advances that have taken place in radiologic diagnostics with the advent of new imaging procedures such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have provided fresh impetus in the search for effec­ tive treatments for hyperplasia, tumors, and tumor-like changes of the thymus. Normal variants of the thymus, which lies concealed within the anterior superior mediastinum, have been recorded, and pathologic changes such as primary or secondary tumors can now be analyzed and correctly diagnosed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eberhard Walter
    • 1
  • Eberhard Willich
    • 2
  • W. Richard Webb
    • 3
  1. 1.Abteilung RöntgendiagnostikRadiologische Klinik der Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Abteilung für Pädiatrische RadiologieKlinikum der Universität Heidelberg —Kinderklinik—HeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of California, Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84194-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84192-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0942-5373
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