Reconstruction of the human atrioventricular node†
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Copyright © 1967 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record
Volume 158, Issue 1, pages 11–19, May 1967
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Truex, R. C. and Smythe, M. Q. (1967), Reconstruction of the human atrioventricular node. Anat. Rec., 158: 11–19. doi: 10.1002/ar.1091580103
This investigator was supported by U.S.P.H. Research grant H-7047, and Career Award 5-K6-GM 14,092.
- Issue online: 27 JAN 2005
- Version of Record online: 27 JAN 2005
The right atrioventricular junction and A-V node area in each of five human hearts was studied histologically in serial sections. The A-V node of a 54-year old female was reconstructed in four colors to provide a three-dimensional model of cardiac relationships, blood supply, and nodal configuration. The nodal fibers demonstrated two laminations. A superficial layer was composed of longitudinally oriented fibers, whereas a deeper layer was composed of oblique and transversely directed fibers. The atrioventricular bundle fibers were always continuous with nodal fibers of the deeper portion of the A-V node. Atrionodal fiber junctions occur along the superior, endocardial and inferior borders of the A-V node and impart to these surfaces a spiked appearance. The potential significance of A-V node structure to atrial cardiac conduction is presented.