Cite this page: Pernick N. Silica. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/stainssilica.html. Accessed June 23rd, 2021.
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