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the obsolete name of a syndrome marked by enlargement of the thymus and of the lymph nodes, pallor, moderate edema, a highly developed subcutaneous layer, and limited toleration of such internal and external stresses as emotions, supercooling, and surgical operations. The enlarged thymus is not subject to senile involution because of the reduced efficiency of the endocrine glands, chiefly those of the adrenal cortex. Pronounced status thymicolymphaticus may result in sudden death, generally because of acute disruption of all of the body’s protective and compensatory mechanisms. The mortality from status thymicolymphaticus has declined substantially owing to advances in hormone replacement therapy and in reanimatology.
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