Surface morphology of the endolymphatic duct in the rat. A scanning electron microscopy study

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Following intracardiac vascular perfusion fixation of 8 rats with glutaraldehyde in a buffered and oxygenated blood substitute, the vestibular aqueduct and endolymphatic duct were opened by microsurgery of the resulting 16 temporal bones. Optimum preservation of the epithelium for scanning electron microscopy was attained by coating of the specimens with osmium tetroxide and thiocarbohydrazide followed by a continuous dehydration procedure. This technique permitted, for the first time, an investigation of the surface morphology of the epithelial cells in the endolymphatic duct. Three types of cells were identified with the scanning electron microscope. A polygonal and oblong epithelial cell was observed in the largest number throughout the duct, and in the juxtasaccular half of the duct, two additional types of epithelial cells were observed. The scanning electron microscopic observations are compared and discussed with reference to previous transmission electron microscopic studies of the endolymphatic duct.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)120-6
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1995

    Research areas

  • Animals, Endolymphatic Duct, Epithelium, Glutaral, Microscopy, Electron, Scanning, Myocardial Reperfusion, Postoperative Period, Rats, Rats, Wistar, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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