Lymph nodes - not lymphoma
Inflammatory disorders (noninfectious)

Topic Completed: 1 June 2006

Revised: 5 February 2019, last major update June 2006

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PubMed Search: Polykaryocytes[TIAB]

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Definition / general
  • Warthin-Finkeldey polykaryocytes are associated with various benign and malignant lymphoid conditions
  • Initially identified in tonsils of patients with measles
  • Also present in HIV patients
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Multinucleated giant cells from 25 - 150 microns, with minimal cytoplasm and up to 60 nuclei
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Positive stains
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