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PubMed Search: Silica[title]
- 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
Silica crystals in silicosis of lung, polarized
Polarizable crystals in lung with intravenous drug use
End of Stains > Silica
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