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Table 1.

The number of observations, median values with the lower and upper quartiles of all investigated stereological parameters in the thyroid gland of control and EMF-exposed animals

Control group
Exposed group
Stereological parameterNMedianLower quartileUpper quartileMedianLower quartileUpper quartilePvalue*
Vve (mm3 mm−310 0.52 0.49 0.57 0.58 0.54 0.59 0.020 
Vvk (mm3 mm−310 0.24 0.21 0.32 0.16 0.15 0.18 0.005 
Vvf (mm3 mm−310 0.80 0.75 0.82 0.74 0.71 0.76 0.053 
Ia 10 2.26 1.53 2.90 3.53 3.28 3.87 0.002 
Vvi (mm3 mm−310 0.19 0.17 0.25 0.25 0.23 0.29 0.048 
Nvc (mm−3101914 101106 103339 138442 106958 148525 0.117 
Vvc (mm3 mm−30.028 0.025 0.032 0.038 0.038 0.047 0.037 
Control group
Exposed group
Stereological parameterNMedianLower quartileUpper quartileMedianLower quartileUpper quartilePvalue*
Vve (mm3 mm−310 0.52 0.49 0.57 0.58 0.54 0.59 0.020 
Vvk (mm3 mm−310 0.24 0.21 0.32 0.16 0.15 0.18 0.005 
Vvf (mm3 mm−310 0.80 0.75 0.82 0.74 0.71 0.76 0.053 
Ia 10 2.26 1.53 2.90 3.53 3.28 3.87 0.002 
Vvi (mm3 mm−310 0.19 0.17 0.25 0.25 0.23 0.29 0.048 
Nvc (mm−3101914 101106 103339 138442 106958 148525 0.117 
Vvc (mm3 mm−30.028 0.025 0.032 0.038 0.038 0.047 0.037 

Vve, Vvk, Vvf, Vvi and Vvc represent, respectively,the volume density of: follicular epithelium, colloid, follicles,interfollicular connective tissue and capillaries. IA, thyroid activation index; Nvc, numerical density of capillaries; N, number of observations.

*

Mann-Whitney U-test.

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