Stains & molecular markers

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PubMed Search: asbestos[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Asbestos. website. Accessed January 20th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Special type of long-thin silica crystal, usually from mineral group chrysotile
  • Highly fibrogenic in tissue
  • Called ferruginous bodies in tissue - fibers coated with protein-iron-calcium matrix, giving them a shish-kebab appearance; highlighted with iron stain
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Asbestos body, unstained

Asbestos bodies, iron stain

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