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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.
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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
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Based on their fibrosis score, 7 of 82 (9%) DPF cases fell within the 95% prediction interval of asbestosis based on asbestos body counts by light microscopy (Figure 1).
In our collective from 2015 which totaled 1038 cases that were subjected to the lung dust analysis, 609 patients (58.7%) had asbestos body counts of less than 23/g of wet lung tissue; thus no increased asbestos burden could be established as against the non-exposed population and no asbestosis was present.
Asbestos body concentrations in human lung: predictions from asbestos body counts in tissue sections using a mathematical model.