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Para-Aortic Bodies MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Para-Aortic Bodies
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do not confuse with AORTIC BODIES
Scope Note
Small masses of chromaffin cells found near the SYMPATHETIC GANGLIA along the ABDOMINAL AORTA, beginning cranial to the superior mesenteric artery (MESENTERIC ARTERY, SUPERIOR) or renal arteries and extending to the level of the aortic bifurcation or just beyond. They are also called the organs of Zuckerkandl and sometimes called aortic bodies (not to be confused with AORTIC BODIES in the THORAX). The para-aortic bodies are the dominant source of CATECHOLAMINES in the FETUS and normally regress after BIRTH.
Entry Term(s)
Organ of Zuckerkandl
Organs of Zuckerkandl
Paraaortic Bodies
Public MeSH Note
91; was see under CHROMAFFIN SYSTEM 1975-90
Online Note
search CHROMAFFIN SYSTEM 1966-74
History Note
91(75); was see under CHROMAFFIN SYSTEM 1975-90
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Para-Aortic Bodies Preferred
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