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Destruction of thymus in children may lead to
  1. Loss of skin pigmentation
  2. Reduction in stem cell production
  3. Loss of cell mediated immunity
  4. Reduction of hemoglobin content in blood


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The correct option is C Loss of cell mediated immunity
The thymus gland is a lobular structure located on the dorsal side of the heart and the aorta. The thymus plays a major role in the development of the immune system. This gland secretes the peptide hormones called thymosins. Thymosins play a major role in the differentiation of T lymphocytes, which provide cell-mediated immunity. In addition, thymosins also promote production of antibodies to provide humoral immunity. Children with defective thymus may suffer from loss of cell mediated immunity.

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