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Fig. 202. Developmental stages of the human spleen

(redrawn from Kollman and Tonkoff). A, 10.5 mm.; B, 20 mm.

Embryos of 9 mm. exhibit a swelling on the left side of the dorsal mesogastrium, near the dorsal pancreas (Fig. 202 A). The thickening is due to a temporary proliferation and invasion of mesothelial cells into the underlying mesenchyme, which, meanwhile, has also undergone local enlargement and vascularization. These cells from the peritoneal epithelium give rise to a large part, at least, of the future spleen. The union of the splenic anlage with the mesogastrium (Fig. 202 B) is ultimately reduced to a narrow band.

At first the blood vessels constitute a closed system. The peculiar adult circulation is acquired relatively late. Lymphoid tissue first appears as ellipsoids about the smallest arteries in fetuses of four months. At seven months, the ovoid splenic corpuscles form nodules about the larger arteries. The capsule, trabeculce, and reticulum differentiate from the cells of the common anlage. During the last half of fetal life, red blood corpuscles are developed actively in the splenic capillaries.

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13:49, 23 October 2016Thumbnail for version as of 13:49, 23 October 20161,747 × 843 (231 KB)Z8600021 (talk | contribs)==Fig. 202. Developmental stages of the human spleen== (redrawn from Kollman and Tonkoff). A, 10.5 mm.; B, 20 mm. {{Arey1924 Footer}} Category:Spleen