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Complete Thymectomy in Adult Rats with Non-invasive Endotracheal Intubation
 

Complete Thymectomy in Adult Rats with Non-invasive Endotracheal Intubation

Article doi: 10.3791/52152
December 29th, 2014

Summary December 29th, 2014

Rodent thymectomy is a valuable technique in immunological research. Here, a protocol for complete thymectomy in adult rats using a mini-sternotomy along with non-invasive intubation and positive pressure ventilation to minimize perioperative morbidity and mortality is described.

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