Stains
Silica



Topic Completed: 1 June 2005

Revised: 8 March 2019

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Definition / general
  • Present in minerals and building materials
  • Most forms are inert, cannot be stained in tissue, can be demonstrated by white birefringence on polarization
  • Most often present in lung, occasionally in lymph nodes
  • Street drugs for injection are often diluted with silica or talc
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Silica crystals in silicosis of lung, polarized

Polarizable crystals in lung with intravenous drug use

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