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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2014 pp 158-160

Research Article

Morphology of Suprarenal Gland in Human Fetuses


Rakh Rajendra S.1, Pakhale Sandeep V.2, Kulkarni Pramod R.3

{1Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Dr Ulhas Patil Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon (Kh), Maharashtra, INDIA.

3Professor, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



The study was conducted on 41 aborted human fetuses between 12 - 38 weeks of gestational age. Morphological details of both suprarenal glands were studied. Shape of right suprarenal gland was triangular and that of left suprarenal gland was semilunar. Mean weight of left suprarenal gland was found to be more as compared to right suprarenal gland throughout the fetal period. The weight of suprarenal gland increases at slower rate upto 28th week of gestation and shows growth spurt from 28 weeks till full term. In right suprarenal gland, growth spurt for length and breadth was observed from 12 to 14 weeks and from 34 to 36 weeks. In left suprarenal gland, growth spurt in length was observed from 20 to 22 weeks and another at 24 to 32 weeks. It was also observed that increase in breadth of left suprarenal gland was gradual and there was no growth spurt.