Ultrastructural observations on Kupffer cells in intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice

M. Djaldetti, L. H. Zahav, U. Gafter, E. M. Mandel

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A liver biopsy specimen from a woman of 47 with intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice had marked dilation of the bile capillaries, disappearance of the microvilli, and thickened ectoplasm. The unusual finding was a great increase in the number of Kupffer cells that contained masses of electron dense material, most probably bile. A second examination of the liver, performed 1 mth later when the liver test results had returned to normal, showed only remnants of the Kupffer cells. The possible role of the Kupffer cells in the clearance of the blood from the bile pigments is here reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


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