Morphometric study of fallopian tube and its relation with age and height of the individual in south Indian population
Introduction: The necessity of identification of an individual is paramount important from birth to death as flawed identity can lead to several medico-legal complications. Age and stature of an individual are significant criterion in personal identification. There are age associated variations of the fallopian tube like the length of the fallopian tube increases from pre-reproductive to reproductive age group then it progressively decreases in postmenopausal period.
Aim: The aim of this study is to measure length of fallopian tubes and to correlate that with the age and stature of the individual.
Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study conducted on dead bodies of 46 females that were autopsied in the mortuary of Forensic Medicine department, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. The length of both right and left side fallopian tube were measured using measuring tape. Stature was measured using graduated autopsy scale. The age of the deceased was noted down from the autopsy files. The result was analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: The mean lengths of right & left fallopian tubes were 4.86 ± 1.91 cms and 5.06 ± 1.94 cms respectively. There was significant correlation of both age and stature with the lengths of fallopian tubes on either side.
Conclusion: The result of this study will help the Forensic Pathologist to find the age as well as stature of individual from fallopian tube. Precise information of the normal length of the fallopian tube may aid the gynecologists to adopt suitable diagnosis and management of numerous disorders related with it.
Keywords: Age, fallopian tube, length, forensic experts, stature.