The relationship between the thyroid gland and body at different gestational age of developing human foetuses

Authors

  • Rajeev Mukhia Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4604-3789
  • Bhawani Prasad Powar Professor, Department of Anatomy, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v9i6.20868

Keywords:

Human foetuses, Thyroid gland, Location, Dimensions, Development

Abstract

Background: Thyroid gland is one of the organs of interest for researchers since a long time. Though, detailed study about adult thyroid gland is there in the literature but thyroid gland at different stages in the foetal period is far less available.

Aims and Objective: To find out the morphological and morphometric features on the development of foetal thyroid gland in relation with different gestational weeks.

Materials and Methods: The study was carried in the Department of Anatomy, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal, on 40 human foetuses of known gestational age. The midline dissection of the neck was done to expose the thyroid gland. The shape and measurements like length, breadth and thickness of both lobe of the gland were noted.

Results: The mean values of all parameters by gestational age were calculated. In the present study, the weight of foetuses showed gradual increase from 10th week to 38th weeks of gestation. In the normally developing foetuses the thyroid gland dimension and its weight also increases with increase gestational age.

Conclusion: There was no more difference between the dimension of right and left lobe of thyroid gland. The study provides morphological and morphometric knowledge on the development of foetal thyroid gland from 10th week to 38th weeks of gestation. The knowledge of thyroid gland weight and dimension and body weight in relation to the gestational age might be helpful to judge the thyroid structure in preterm babies.

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences Vol.9(6) 2018 40-44

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Published

2018-10-29

How to Cite

Mukhia, R., & Powar, B. P. (2018). The relationship between the thyroid gland and body at different gestational age of developing human foetuses. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 9(6), 40–44. https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v9i6.20868

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