Histomorphometrics and quantitative unbiased stereology in canine uteri treated with medroxyprogesterone acetate

P. Salinas, M. A. Miglino, M. del Sol

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This article describes the effects of MPA use on the canine uterus using stereological methods. Entire reproductive tracts were removed from normal healthy canine bitches (Canis lupus familiaris) and grouped as: nulliparous (n = 11), multiparous (n = 11) and MPA-treated (n = 11; nulliparous; two treatments; 5 mg/kg). 1 cm samples were cut from the corpus, horn and uterine tube and fixed in 10% formaldehyde. Sections of each were mounted on slides and stained with hematoxylin-eosin. We assessed the fraction area for components of endometrium and myometrium and VV (volume density) and SV (surface density) of the gland and stroma using the M36 test system provided by the STEPanizer Stereological Tool. No gross histological differences were observed between study groups in the uterine tube, uterine corpus and horn. The wall of the uterine corpus and horn in MPA-treated bitches was characterized as being thicker than in the other groups. A cross-section of the uterine corpus revealed no differences between components of uterine wall in the corpus and horn; however, differences were observed in the volume density [VV; %] in variables such as: VV[str.vasc/uterus] (nulliparous vs. multiparous; p = 0.0019) and VV[str.supravasc/uterus] (multiparous vs. nulliparous and MPA; p = 0.0035). In the endometrial gland, differences were detected in SV[gland/endom] (multiparous vs. MPA, p = 0.0442). In the uterine horn, differences were only observed in the variable VV[lumen.gland/endom] (multiparous vs. MPA; p = 0.0019). This study shows quantitative changes in the architecture of the endometrium and myometrium in all the uterine segments, mainly morphological endometrial gland changes of the uterine corpus, increasing the surface area per unit of volume; however, these changes usually do not differ quantitatively from those observed in the uterus of multiparous bitches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Canine
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate
  • Morphometry
  • Progestin
  • Uterus


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