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Congenital Athyma: The absence of the thymus in a newborn. The thymus gland is located beneath the breastbone and above the windpipe and heart. It is made up of lymphatic tissue and is believed to be responsible for supporting the development of the immune system from the fetal stage through to puberty. After puberty, the thymus gland tends to shrink. Thus, the absence of the thymus results primarily in immune deficiency and lack of functioning T cells. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Congenital Athyma is available below.
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