Patterns of branching of the placental vessels in zebu bovines


  • Silvia Ferreira Carambula Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS
  • Althen Teixeira Filho Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS
  • Maria Angelica Miglino Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Cirurgia, São Paulo, SP
  • Liberato João Afonso Didio Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Departamento de Morfologia, São Paulo, SP
  • Wilson Machado de Souza Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Araçatuba, SP



Placenta, Arteries, Veins, Bovine


The branching and the arrangement of the placental arteries and veins of 20 Nelore bovines were studied. An anastomosies between the 2 arteries in the funiculus umbilicalis appeared in 75% of the cases (70% single and 5% double). The types of vasculo-cotyledonary distribution were based on the arrangements of arteries and veins and on their relationship with the
cotyledons. A cotyledon supplied by a single artery is drained by multiple veins, and in a few cases the arteries and veins supplied and drained, respectively, cotyledons of the pregnant and non-pregnant uterine horns.


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Carambula, S. F., Teixeira Filho, A., Miglino, M. A., Didio, L. J. A., & Souza, W. M. de. (1997). Patterns of branching of the placental vessels in zebu bovines. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 34(3), 131-137.




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