The Endocrine System

  • Elizabeth S. Gray


To understand the pathological lesions found in disorders of the endocrine system of the fetus and neonate it is necessary to have a knowledge of the interrelationships which exist within the developing endocrine system and its target tissues. Although the feedback and regulatory mechanisms are similar to those of the adult, the fetal endocrine system has also to incorporate an additional endocrine organ in the placenta, the steroidogenic zone in the adrenal cortex (fetal zone), and a contribution from the central nervous system, which in the fetus is probably capable both of the production of certain tropic hormones and of being a target organ for certain steroid hormones produced by the gonads, adrenal and placenta.


Adrenal Cortex Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Congenital Hypothyroidism Endocrine Pancreas Diabetic Mother 
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