Malfunction of the Fallopian Tubes: Spontaneous Conditions and Surgical Studies



Much of the text so far has considered normal physiological processes in the Fallopian tubes, especially as they concern progression and fusion of the gametes and the first steps in development of the embryo. Whilst the emphasis is thereby — and perhaps appropriately — placed on the condition of fertility, problems in the female duct system that are associated with infertility, if not complete sterility, cannot be overlooked. The intention of this chapter is not to divert the reader from perusing suitable clinical texts on many of these matters, but rather to offer informed comment on clinical topics in the light of studies in experimental animals. It goes without saying that the scope for relevant experimentation is greater in domestic animals than in our own species, and the same is true in terms of the latitude for examining embryos to establish morphological normality and potential viability. Some of the paragraphs that follow assume a historical perspective, not only in their own right but also in view of the material contained in Chapter IX. However, it would be rash to predict the response of future societies to technical advances in vitro, and therefore the limitations of earlier techniques are certainly worth reviewing.


Fallopian Tube Corpus Luteum Ectopic Pregnancy Chlamydia Trachomatis Tubal Pregnancy 
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  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghScotland, Great Britain

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