Abstract A method was developed for the simultaneous determination of dopamine (DA), epinephrine (E), norepinephrine (NE), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG), as well as L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) with liquid chromatography (LC) using electrochemical (EC) detection. With a ODS column and a mobile phase consisting of a sodium acetate-citrate with heptasulfonic acid, this method was applied on simultaneous determination of chatechols released from thalamic slices of ddY mouse. The pretreatment of the bathing medium required only centrifugation, and the supernatant was injected directly into the LCEC system. The high potassium stimulation of catecholaminergically innervated thalamic slices led to increase in the levels of DA, NE, DOPAC and MHPG, especially of NE, but not that of L-DOPA itself. In the present study, we designed to make simultaneous determination of catechols released from thalamic slices for estimation of the physiological status of catecholaminergic neuronal activity.