Civatte bodies

Ci·vat·te bod·ies

eosinophilic hyaline spheric bodies seen in the epidermis, in lichen planus and other skin disorders; formed by apoptosis of individual basal cells.
Synonym(s): colloid bodies


Achille, French dermatologist, 1877-1956.
Civatte bodies - eosinophilic hyaline spherical bodies seen in or just beneath the epidermis, particularly in lichen planus, formed by necrosis of individual basal cells. Synonym(s): colloid bodies
Civatte disease - Synonym(s): poikiloderma of Civatte
poikiloderma of Civatte - reticulated pigmentation and telangiectasia of the sides of the cheeks and neck; common in middle-aged women. Synonym(s): Civatte disease
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Direct immunofluorescence reveals subepidermal clumps of immunoglobulin (Ig) M (less often IgG, IgA, or C3), which correspond to the Civatte bodies (2).