Effects of thymectomy (removal of thymus)
Removal of thymus is called thymectomy. Thymus can be re-moved either in the neonates or in adults.
Neonatal thymectomy results in an immediate severe reduction in the quality and quantity of T lymphocytes.
Adult thymectomy could result in deficiency of T cell, after the eventual death of T cells that originally populated the secondary lym-phoid organs
Thymectomy affects CMI primarily. It also diminishes antibody response to certain antigens