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Table 3 Histologic evaluation parameters for the intervertebral disc

From: Effect of in uteroexposure to diethylstilbestrol on lumbar and femoral bone, articular cartilage, and the intervertebral disc in male and female adult mice progeny with and without swimming exercise

Parameters Grade Description
Clefts in the NP 0 Absent
  1 Rarely present
  2 Intermediately present
  3 Abundantly present
Tears in AF 0 Absent
  1 Rarely present
  2 Intermediately present
  3 Abundantly present
Granular changes 0 Absent
  1 Rarely present
  2 Intermediately present
  3 Abundantly present
Mucous degeneration 0 Absent
  1 Rarely present
  2 Intermediately present
  3 Abundantly present
Cell clustering 0 No proliferation
  1 Mild
  2 Moderate
  3 Severe