Stromal / other tumors
Langerhans cell histiocytosis

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 16 December 2016, last major update July 2012

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Definition / general
  • Rare clonal proliferation of Langerhans cells; usually affects skin or lymph nodes, rare in stomach
Case reports
Gross description
  • Multiple, small sessile elevations in stomach
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Diffuse collection of large, polygonal cells with oval nuclei containing longitudinal grooves
  • May occur in discrete clusters resembling granulomas (Arch Pathol Lab Med 1994;118:1232), may have scattered eosinophils or multinucleated giant cells
  • No prominent nucleoli, mitotic figures rare
Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Birbeck granules, interdigitating cytoplasmic projections