TOPIC: Lymphatic Organs
A. Spleen: Describe the anatomy of the spleen, including its location. What substance does the spleen filter? Describe 2 functions of the spleen.
B. Thymus: Describe the anatomy of the thymus, including its location. The thymus is also an organ of the Endocrine system - explain why. Describe the major functions of the thymus. At about what age does the thymus reach its maximum size? Would you expect to find a thymus in an 80 year old patient? Why or why not?
C. Tonsils: Name the 3 pairs of tonsils and describe the location of each. Describe the functions of the tonsils.
D. Which of the lymphatic organ(s) listed above is/are NOT required for life? Justify your answer.
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