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

Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2014 pp 497-500

Research Article

Computed tomographic prevalence of intracranial calcification of pineal gland in apparently normal individuals

M S Ugale1, P R Kulkarni2, R G Surwase3, G M Ugale4

1Professor, 3Associate Professor, 4Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, MIMSR, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Professor and HOD, Department of Anatomy, GMC, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Introduction: This study was undertaken to know the prevalence of pineal calcification in normal individuals of south central Maharashtra with the objective to study the age related variation, the sexual variations in the prevalence of normal pineal gland calcification. It increased from 2.22% in the first decade to 57.5% in seventh decade with statistically significant rise from 13.33% to 26.66% from second to third decade. Considering the process of calcification, endocrine activity of pineal gland and the significant rise in the prevalence of calcification after second decade, it was concluded that secretions of pineal gland may influence sexual hormone and the gland is more active in second and third decade of life.