Archives of gynecology

, Volume 231, Issue 3, pp 241–245

Histological and electron-microscopic examinations of collagenous connective tissue of the non-pregnant cervix, the pregnant cervix, and the pregnant prostaglandin-treated cervix

  • P. W. Theobald
  • W. Rath
  • H. Kühnle
  • W. Kuhn
Original Papers

Summary

The histological appearance of the prostaglandin-pretreated cervix of early pregnancy (8–13 weeks) showed the changes found in the pregnant cervix at term. Electron microscopy showed collagen fibrils of normal periodicity (640 Å) and also collagen degradation products. Evidence of splitting of collagen fibrils could only be seen with light microscopy.

Key words

Cervix softening Prostaglandins Collagen degradation products Histology 

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© J. F. Bergmann Verlag 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. W. Theobald
    • 1
  • W. Rath
    • 1
  • H. Kühnle
    • 1
  • W. Kuhn
    • 1
  1. 1.Frauenklinik und Poliklinik der Medizinischen Einrichtungen der Universität Göttingen (Director: Prof. Dr. Kuhn)GottingenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.HeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany

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