The paraganglia, a persisting endocrine systen in man
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2005
Copyright © 1976 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Anatomy
Volume 146, Issue 2, pages 207–210, June 1976
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Hervonen, A., Vaalasti, A., Partanen, M., Kanerva, L. and Vaalasti, T. (1976), The paraganglia, a persisting endocrine systen in man. Am. J. Anat., 146: 207–210. doi: 10.1002/aja.1001460208
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2005
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2005
The paraganglia have been traced in surgical samples of para-aortic and pelvic retroperitoneal tissues using the formaldehyde-induced fluorescence method for catecholamines. Clusters of catecholamine-storing cells were found in all (12) patients studied. Microspectrofluorometric recordings showed high amounts of catecholamine in the well-vascularized cell groups. A large proportion of the paraganglia, which are most prominent during the fetal period, also persist during postnatal life.