Schaumann's bodies

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Cytoplasmic calcium inclusion bodies in the giant cells (Langhans’ giant cells) seen in granulomatous conditions such as sarcoidosis and berylliosis.

Description

Inclusion bodies composed of calcium and proteins in the giant cells (Langhans’ giant cells) seen in granulomatous conditions such as sarcoidosis and berylliosis. They are rounded, with a diameter of 8-300 µ, made up of concentrically layered lamella. They are easily recognized in infrared light.

These bodies were first described by the German physician Oscar von Schüppel (1837-1881) in 1871, and by Max Askanazy (1865-1940) in 1921 as Kalkdrusen.

Bibliography

  • O. Schüppel:
    Untersuchungen über Lymphdrüsentuberkulose. Tübingen, 1871.
  • M. Askanazy:
    Über lupöse Tuberkulose des Blutbildungsapparates und tuberkulöse Splenomegalie.
    Beiträge zur pathologischen Anatomie und zur allgemeinen Pathologie, 1921, 69: 563-582.
  • J. Schaumann:
    Recherches sur le lupus pernio et sur les relations avec les sarcoides cutanées et sous-cutanées.
    Annales de dermatologie et de syphilographie, Paris, 1917, 5: 357-373.

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