Jul 1, 1989

Electron microscopy of hyalin bodies in the human intraosseous endolymphatic sac

The American Journal of Otology
H T BuiF H Linthicum


Hyalin bodies are amorphous, eosinophilic masses protruding from the subepithelial connective tissue into the lumen of the intraosseous endolymphatic sac (ES). We studied hyalin bodies at the electron microscopic level. Celloidin- embedded temporal bone sections known to have hyalin bodies were re-embedded into plastic and cut into thin sections appropriate for electron microscopy. The results revealed that the hyalin bodies are composed predominantly of thick bundles of collagenous fibers arranged in various directions. Fibroblasts and disintegrated macrophages were occasionally observed among the collagen fibers. Concentric calcific structures found within the hyalin bodies were composed of multiple smaller, concentric, lamellar calcifications. The results of this study support the hypothesis that the hyalin bodies are a repository of membranous cellular debris phagocytized by the macrophages.

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Tissue Membrane
Specimen Type - Fibroblasts
Entire Lumen of Body System
Electron Microscopy, Diagnostic
Electron Microscopy
Temporal Bone Structure

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