A morphological study of the endocrine pancreas in human pregnancy

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1978 Nov;85(11):818-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1978.tb15835.x.


During human pregnancy an enlargement of the islets of Langerhans and hyperplasia of the beta cells is present. These morphological changes indicate that the endocrine pancreas is able to adapt to the metabolic changes of pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Choriocarcinoma / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperplasia / pathology
  • Islets of Langerhans / cytology*
  • Islets of Langerhans / pathology
  • Pregnancy*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / pathology