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Auer's bodies

Alternative eponyms

  • Auer rods

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Rod or crystalline shaped inclusions. Cell organelles present in the cytoplasm of myeloblasts, myelocytes, and monoblasts.

Description

Rod or crystalline shaped inclusions. Cell organelles present in the cytoplasm of myeloblasts, myelocytes, and monoblasts. In enzyme content and structure Auer’s rod resemble lysosomes. They are pathogonomic of leukaemia and chiefly occur in leukaemia cells in acute leukaemia.

Bibliography

  • J. Auer:
    Some hitherto undescribed structures found in the large lymphocytes of a case of acute leukaemia.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Thorofare, N.J., 1906, 131: 1002-1015.

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