REGIONAL GROWTH OF SPINAL CORD AND VERTEBRAL COLUMN IN GOAT FOETUSES*
Citation :- REGIONAL GROWTH OF SPINAL CORD AND VERTEBRAL COLUMN IN GOAT FOETUSES*.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2008.(42):164-170
Regional growth of spinal cord and vertebral column during the prenatal development of goat
was studied using 52 foetuses of various ages. The maximum and minimum regional spinal cord
length was measured in the thoracic and coccygeal regions, respectively. A highly significant
positive correlation was observed between total cord length and length of different cord regions
except coccygeal region. Regional length of the vertebral column was dependant on the regional
length of the spinal cord except at the coccygeal region and changed accordingly. The thoracic
region of spinal cord exhibited an increased growth rate over that of vertebral column during second
and third month. Cervical and lumbar spinal cord regions showed isometric growth rate with
corresponding vertebral column regions during all stages. The sacral region also was isometric upto
fourth month, which declined in the fifth month.
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