lepra cells

lep·ra cells

distinctive, large, mononuclear phagocytes (macrophages) with a foamlike cytoplasm, and also poorly staining saclike structures resulting from degeneration of such cells, observed characteristically in leprous inflammatory reactions; indistinct staining results from numerous, fairly closely packed leprosy bacilli, which are acid fast and resistant to staining by ordinary methods.
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In late 19th century, Moriz Kaposi described the lack of pigment in deep rete cells, whereas Gerhard Hansen focused histologically on the occurrence of small rods inside the "lepra cells," thus making the histopathological differential diagnosis between vitiligo and the hypopigmented lesions of leprosy (Millington & Level 2007).
Histopathologic examination of cervical and axillary lymph nodes revealed aggregates of lepra cells loaded with lepra bacilli.