Abstract Title:

Mineral oil (follicular) lipidosis: II. Histologic studies of spleen, liver, lymph nodes, and bone marrow.

Abstract Source:

Hum Pathol. 1984 Aug;15(8):731-7. PMID: 6204920

Abstract Author(s):

B Cruickshank, M J Thomas


Tissues obtained from 600 routine autopsies were studied. Mineral oil lipidosis was present in the spleen (76 per cent), liver (45 per cent), bone marrow (26 per cent), and lymph nodes; more than 50 per cent of the lymph nodes from the mesentery, porta hepatis, and mediastinum were affected. Mineral oil and its metabolic products produce a nonfibrogenic reaction in these tissues. The differential diagnosis of mineral oil lipidosis in lymph nodes with reaction to radiopaque oils and Whipple's disease is discussed. The presence of mineral oil in para-aortic (42 per cent) and internal iliac (15 per cent) lymph nodes could result in false-positive readings after lymphangiography.

Study Type : Human Study

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