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J R Soc Med. 1989 July; 82(7): 413–415.
PMCID: PMC1292207

Development and involution of the notochord in the human spine.


The availability of a collection of fetal and embryonic spines made possible a review of the involution of the notochord. Results of this histological, histochemical and immunohistochemical study are in accord with the dominant view in the literature that the notochord does not contribute materially to the adult nucleus pulposus. It is also consonant with the expectation that, normally, all chordal cells have disappeared during early childhood, but is not sufficiently detailed to assess the possibility of occasional survivors.

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