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shellyleon_dd (@shellyleon_dd)

Thymectomy and autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Nov 9, 2018 | Replies (3)

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Hi John, thank you for your reply. I'm wondering if having a thymus gland removed causes autoimmune diseases. I'm wanting to know if there are others who have had their thymus gland removed and then later been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. I'd love to hear what diseases they have been diagnosed with and how they are doing. I was diagnosed with Sjogrens.Syndrome first, although I mostly had joint pain that would come and go with flare ups. Just recently the Sjogrens attacked my kidneys and The nephrologist said that if I had waited much longer I would have been on dialysis. It's been a tough year but the meds have kicked in and am stabilized and doing good.

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Hi @shellyleon_dd, From what I've read, surgery to remove the thymus gland does not have any negative effect on autoimmune diseases. Here are a few references I've found.

Surgery Effective Against Immune Disorder That Weakens Muscles

Northwestern Medicine – Thymectomy

Surgery to remove the thymus gland improves weakness for people with myasthenia gravis