Malformations of ventral induction

Department of Radiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA.
Seminars in Ultrasound CT and MRI (Impact Factor: 1.2). 06/2011; 32(3):200-10. DOI: 10.1053/j.sult.2011.02.012
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