UNIT 1.10 Survival Surgery: Removal of the Spleen or Thymus

  1. J.P. Reeves1,
  2. P.A. Reeves1,
  3. L. Thomas Chin (adult thymectomy)2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.im0110s02

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Reeves, J., Reeves, P. and Chin, L. T. 2001. Survival Surgery: Removal of the Spleen or Thymus. Current Protocols in Immunology. 2:III:1.10:1.10.1–1.10.11.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Food and Drug Administration, Bethesda, Maryland

  2. 2

    University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JUN 1992


Although for most experiments lymphoid tissue is removed from the freshly sacrificed animal, there are several circumstances which require the surgical removal, under anesthesia, of either the thymus or spleen, and the recovery of the animal for further investigation. This unit describes survival surgery for removal of the adult spleen as well as the adult and neonatal thymus of the mouse.