Morphometry and Vascularization of the Thyroid Glands in Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

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Stephanie Cardoso da Silva; Anieli Vidal Stocco; Carlos Augusto dos Santos-Sousa; Thais Mattos Estruc; Luiza Eula Marques; Paulo Souza Junior & Marcelo Abidu-Figueiredo


The thyroid glands consist of two parts called lobes located on both sides of the larynx. The aim of this study was to characterize the measures, topography and arterial irrigation of New Zealand ́s rabbits thyroid glands. The anatomical dissections were performed in 36 adult cadavers, 17 males and 19 females, with a mean body mass of 2.5 kg and a mean cranium-sacral length of 40 cm. The specimens were obtained from the necropsy unit of the University. The cadavers had the thoracic aorta artery cannulated, through which 10 % formaldehyde solution was injected, followed by injection colored latex. In males, the left lobe of the thyroid gland measured 1.40x0.40x0.01cm and the right 1.36x0.56x0.01cm; in females, the left lobe measured 1.50x0.49x0.01cm and the right one was 1.37x0.48x0.01cm. There was no significant difference (p> 0.05) between the means of the measurements between males and females, but the left lobe length of the females and the right lobe width of the males were significantly higher (p <0.05). The cranial extremity of the thyroid lobes was at the level of the cricoid cartilage in almost all specimens. The caudal end showed more variable topography, from the third to the tenth tracheal ring in few specimens, but predominated at the level of the fifth ring. Invariably, arterial irrigation was determined by the left and right thyroid arteries, originating from the common carotid artery. Anastomoses between the thyroid arteries were common. The constancy in dimensions and irrigation of the thyroid gland may be advantageous in choosing the rabbit as an experimental model for the study of this gland.

KEY WORDS: Blood vessels; Measurements; Variability; Rabbit.

How to cite this article

SILVA, S. C.; STOCCO, A.V.; SANTOS-SOUSA, C. A.; ESTRUC, T. M.; MARQUES, L. E.; SOUZA JUNIOR, P. & ABIDU- FIGUEIREDO, M. Morphometry and vascularization of the thyroid glands in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Int. J. Morphol., 37(4):1404-1408, 2019.