Title
Stereological assessment of the epithelial surface area of the ovine palatine and pharyngeal tonsils Stereological assessment of the epithelial surface area of the ovine palatine and pharyngeal tonsils
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Veterinary Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Veterinary medicine
Source (journal)
Anatomia, histologia, embryologia: journal of veterinary medicine: series C. - Berlin
Volume/pages
37(2008) :5 , p. 366-368
ISSN
0340-2096
ISI
000258969500008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Although ovine tonsils play a major role in prion diseases, their morphology is poorly documented and morphometric data are sparse. Therefore, a stereological assessment of the surface area of the palatine and pharyngeal tonsils of five sheep was performed. The epithelial surface area of both tonsils is considerably increased by the presence of tonsillar crypts and folds. The mean epithelial surface area of the paired palatine tonsil was 7.14 cm² and that of the pharyngeal tonsil was 23.5 cm². In comparison with the paired palatine tonsil, the volume of the pharyngeal tonsil was almost two times larger, whilst its surface area was more than three times larger.
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