Growth and development of the human fetal kidney
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.
Key wordsGrowth and development fetal kidney
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