asbestos body

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asbestos body

a structure found in the lungs of patients with asbestosis, consisting of an asbestos fiber engulfed by a macrophage or of a mass of asbestos spicules coated with calcium, iron salts, and other substances.
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Asbestos body

asbestos body

A yellow-brown structure seen by light microscopy in patients with asbestosis which consists of an asbestos fibre encased in a melange of iron and calcium salts and protein.
Pathogenesis Asbestos bodies result from a repeating cycle of “defence” by macrophages, which engulf asbestos fibres in an attempt to phagocytose, which fails, given the fibres’ insoluble nature.

asbestos body

A beaded, dumbbell-shaped body formed when a macrophage engulfs asbestos fibers.

asbestos body

A beaded, dumbbell-shaped body formed when a macrophage engulfs asbestos fibers.
See also: body