Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: zai | 2008/05/27

Q.

enlarged thymus.

dear Doc i need to know my granson is 2 months old and he had this squeaky type of noise when he used to have his feed- so the paed diagnoised congential stridor- at birth- then at 2 months he went to have xrays - and thank god everything is normal - but the paed said that he has a enlarged thymus- how long will it be there for? and will this noise be loud that the next person will be able to hear it or it will be only when he sleeps... please doc let me know what it is...any readers suggestions will help as welll.. thank you...

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your grandson seems to have a problem called tracheomalacia or temporary softening of the cartilage of the trachea or larynx which is very common. This usually clears up by itself by a year to 18 months. If his breathing becomes at all distressed he must be seen by a paediatrician immediately. His enlarged thymus is normal at his age and will disappear by the age of 2 years. The thymus is important for his immune system.

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