The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 273–279 | Cite as

Growth and development of the human fetal kidney

  • G. K. Mehrotra
  • G. Datta
  • K. L. Mukherjee
Original Articles from the Institute of Child Health, Calcutta


Growth and development of human fetal kidney was studied with respect to anthropometric measurements, histological appearance and certain functional parameters. Upto 30 weeks of gestational age there was a proportional growth of the kidneys in respect of gestational age. The formation of the glomerular capsule was by a process of sequential development of the endo and epithelial cells rather than by an invaginative process. There comes a time in the development of the kidney when the developing nephrons appear to lie in pools of blood. Glomerular filtration appears earlier than tubular reabsorption. The process of tubular secretion was found to be associated with induction of specific proteins.

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Growth and development fetal kidney 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. K. Mehrotra
    • 1
  • G. Datta
    • 1
  • K. L. Mukherjee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsInstitute of Child HealthCalcutta
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryInstitute of Child HealthCalcutta

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