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Histopathology. 1978 Jan;2(1):47-52.

Yellow-brown spindle bodies in mesenteric lymph nodes: a possible relationship with melanosis coli.


Four cases are described in which spindle-shaped, yellow-brown bodies were seen in the mesenteric lymph nodes of patients with melanosis coli. A comparison of the staining reactions and ultrastructural appearances of the spindle bodies and melanosis pigment suggest that they are related within the broad group of lipofuscins and that the spindle bodies are formed as a result of coalescence of lysosomes containing the pigment.

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