Anatomical Characteristics of Dorsal Lacrimal Gland in One Humped
Camel (Camelus dromedarius)
Dorsal lacrimal glands of 10 camels free of apparent
ocular disease were examined to compare the normal anatomical properties
of these. All of glands were characterized and measured (length and width)
in left and right side. The lacrimal gland in camel was elongated and
irregular in outline. The gland located in extends caudally beyond the
caudal border of the zygomatic process of frontal bone and was surrounded
by periorbital tissue and the periosteum on the inner surface of the supraorbital
portion of the frontal bone. The gland was compressed between the bone
and the bulb of eye. Dorsal surface of gland was convex and contacted
with orbit. The ventral surface was concave that located on bulb of eye.
Medial border of gland was wider than lateral in two side. The mean length
of dorsal lacrimal gland was 53.7±2.58 and 49.4±2.63 mm
in left and right side, respectively in mediolateral direction. The mean
wide of it was 20.1±1.37 and 18.2±1.2 mm in left and right
side, respectively in anterior-posterior dimension. There was significant
difference between length of left and right dorsal lacrimal glands. The
mean length of the left dorsal lacrimal gland was greater than the right
and difference was significant (p<0.05).
Lacrimal glands are responsible for the production of tear fluid that
helps maintain corneal health. Major secretory source for proteins and
electrolytes found in normal tears. The functions of this dilute protein
solution are to optimize the optics of the cornea, to lubricate and to
protect the eye from pathogen. Tear film made of trilaminar structures
7 μm thick which consists of lipid produced by the meibomian(tarsal)
glands; aqueous, produced by the lacrimal and nictitans glands and mucin,
which is produced by the conjunctival goblet cells. In most species, the
majority of tears are secreted from the dorsal lacrimal gland (Carrington
et al., 1987; Nguyen et al., 2006). Examination of lacrimal
glands of human beings, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats
and guinea pigshas been described by Sinha and Calhoun (1966), Allen et
al. (1972), Krochmalska (1976), Gillette et al. (1980), Martin
et al. (1988) and Gargiulo et al. (2000).
However, in literature, the dorsal lacrimal gland of camel did not compare
between two sides. The objective of this study is to determine of morphology
of dorsal lacrimal gland in one humped camel and to compare it in two
MATERIALS AND METHODS
In this study, twenty lacrimal glands (ten right and ten left) from ten
camels were used during April of 2008. The glands were removed immediately
after slaughter from apparently healthy adult animals. The samples were
collected from slaughter house, Mashhad, Iran. The gland was first exposed
by careful dissection of the skin and the periorbita at the dorsolateral
part of the eyeball and then removed. Topography of left and right dorsal
lacrimal gland with relation to other structures were studied and then
length and width to the nearest millimeter were recorded for each gland
in two sides. The data between left and right lacrimal glands were statistically
analyzed and compared using student`s t-tests.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
The dorsal lacrimal gland of one humped camel was similar other ruminant
in appearance with the exception of an accessory lobe in cattle (Pinard
et al., 2003). It was flattened and elongated with indented borders.
It was irregular in shape and surrounded by periorbital tissue and the
periosteum on the inner surface of the supraorbital portion of the frontal
bone (Fig. 1). Dorsal surface of gland was convex and
contacted with orbit. The ventral surface was concave that located on
bulb of eye. Medial border of gland was wider than lateral in two sides
(Fig. 2, 3).
The bovine dorsal lacrimal gland is 60-70 mm in length and 35 mm in width
(Constantinescu, 2004; Getty, 1975), which is considerably larger than
the gland of the camel. In present study it was 49-53 mm in length and
19 mm in width. This has already been commented in previous studies that
the lacrimal gland of the camel is less well-developed than that of either
the ox or horse. Thus the statement by Getty (1975) that the size of the
lacrimal gland is related to animal size may not be universally true.
Morphology of dorsal lacrimal gland had been studied in ovine. The dorsal
lacrimal gland in sheep and goat is flattened and oval in shape; it has
a pink color and is surrounded by periorbital tissue and the periosteum
on the inner surface of the supraorbital portion of the frontal bone.
The gland is situated to a great extent under the frontal bone and overlaps
the rectus dorsalis muscle. The gland may be partially hidden by fat that
surrounds the bulb. The greatest dimension of the lacrimal gland was reported
28 mm in a mediolateral direction. The anterior-posterior dimension of
the gland was reported about 20 mm (Constantinescu, 2004; Getty, 1975).
Macroscopic view of dorsolateral aspect of camel
eye. Arrow showing the location of dorsal lacrimal gland in one
||Dorsal view of right dorsal lacrimal gland in one humped
||Dorsal view of left dorsal lacrimal gland in one humped
We concluded that, in one humped camel; dorsal lacrimal gland is smaller
than bovine. In present study mean length and width of left dorsal lacrimal
gland was greater than right and difference was significant (p<0.05).
However, dimension of each organ in left and right side can be variable.
For example, size of many organ such as: left and right kidney; left and
right ovary; left and right adrenal and etc., in some animals are not
same. Results of the present study, is same other structures in left and
right sides and confirm the previous studies.
Therefore, the main function of the lacrimal fluid in the camel is confined
to the washing and moistening of the anterior part of the eyeball. This
is an important function to an animal like the camel which inhabits dry,
hot and sandy land with numerous sand storms.
The author wishes to express his appreciation to the Research Council
of the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad for the financial support (Project
No. 46398). I also wish to thank Mr. Pouradybi for his assistance.
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