[Histomorphometric study of cardiomyocytes of the left ventricle of pregnant albino rats].

Journal Article (English Abstract;Journal Article)

PURPOSE: In the present study we evaluated, by light microscopy, and throughout morphometry, whether hypertrophy of cardiac striated muscular fibers of left ventricular occur in albino rat, during pregnancy. METHODS: After maiting, 12 nuliparous rats were divided into four groups with three animals for each group. The female rats corresponding to each group were killed at 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st days of pregnancy. RESULTS: Observation, on light microscopy (H.E) had at one view, did not display any alterations during pregnancy. However, the morphometry revealed that nuclei of cardiomyocytes are augmented in volume at 14th day of pregnancy and statistically significant data show the hypertrophy. CONCLUSION: The obtained data show the existence of a dinamic and reversible process of ventricular remodelling in consequence of adaptation physiological alterations of the cardiovascular normal pregnancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liberatori Filho, AW; Lopes, RD; Mora, OA; Simões, MJ; Lopes, AC

Published Date

  • July 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 242 - 246

PubMed ID

  • 10513056

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0104-4230

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1590/s0104-42301999000300009


  • por

Conference Location

  • Brazil