um logo
M1 Histopathology Labs with Virtual Slides
The University of Michigan Medical School
Schedule CTools Instructors Imagescope Histology Normals Histology Website

Histopath Lab 2:
Cell and Tissue Injury II

INSTRUCTORS: First click here to
map a drive, then open all of the
WinLab links by clicking this link.

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease 9th Ed.

Suggested Reading:
Pages 41-44 – Necrosis
Pages 62 – Steatosis
Pages 496-501 – Atherosclerosis
Page 359-360 – Cytomegalovirus
Pages 847-849 – Hemochromatosis
Page 997 – Condyloma


Slide 8 [WebScope][ImageScope]

An "Unknown":

  • Spend a few minutes trying to figure out what's going on here. Basically, it's a process you've seen before. Begin by identifying the organ/tissue represented.
  • Under the lowest power of the scope, identify the abnormal zone. Describe how the tissue elements in this abnormal zone differ from the normal.
  • What is going on at the border between normal and abnormal?
  • Put the elements of your description together into a diagnosis, i.e., the basic abnormality.
  • What might have caused this?
  • Any ideas as to the possible clinical manifestations?


Slide 9 [WebScope][ImageScope]

Cytomegalovirus Infection: This organ was obtained at autopsy of a 28-year-old patient with AIDS.

  • What organ is this? Identify the cells (macrophages) with large intranuclear inclusions.
  • How would this process appear on chest X-ray?
  • Under relatively low power, you can readily identify very large cells (macrophages, actually) that contain huge intranuclear inclusions. The cytoplasm of some of these macrophages may also be seen to contain granular inclusions. The appearance of these cells is typical of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.
  • What sorts of patients are at risk for developing clinically significant CMV infections?
  • In what other tissues might you see similar CMV-infected cells?
  • What sorts of subjects are commonly exposed to CMV?
  • Is CMV a cytopathic or oncogenic virus?


Slide 10 [WebScope][ImageScope]

Condyloma: This specimen was trimmed from the perianal region of a 28-year-old man. Clinically, the lesion had the appearance of a large, warty excrescence or mass.

  • Note under low power that the tissue is arranged in coarse papillary projections. The squamous epithelium is much thicker than normal due to an increased number of cells, squamous cells stimulated to proliferate by infection with a particular virus (rather than being killed).
  • A histologic “marker” for the presence of this virus is so-called “koilocytosis”-- the presence of squamous cells with a peri-nuclear halo surrounding a slightly altered nucleus.
  • Aside from condyloma, what sorts of lesions can be associated with infection by one or another strain of this virus?
  • How are these viruses spread from one subject to another?


Slide 12 [WebScope][ImageScope]

Arterial atherosclerosis: These sections of arteries came from a 62-year-old hypertensive diabetic who had generalized lesions of this sort.

  • Compare these cross-sections of arteries to your recollection of similar views of normal vessels -- first in terms of wall to lumen ratio. You’ll note that what was once lumen is markedly narrowed by atherosclerotic plaque consisting of amorphous material, cholesterol deposits, cells derived from the arterial media, and collagen produced by these cells.
  • The extracellular crystalline deposits of cholesterol appear as “cholesterol clefts.” Why do these appear empty?
  • Note the basophilic deposits of calcium within the plaques. What is this process called? In what other contexts can we see this process?
  • What are the major consequences of atherosclerotic lesions of this sort?


Slide 13 [WebScope][ImageScope]

Hemochromatosis: This section of liver is from a 46-year-old male who was found to have an enlarged, firm liver and diabetes mellitus. He was subsequently diagnosed as having hemochromatosis, an iron-overload disorder.

  • How can you identify this section as liver? What is unusual about the architecture?
  • Note the accumulation of brown granular pigment within hepatocytes, bile duct epithelium, macrophages, and connective tissue. This pigment is hemosiderin. Most of the stored material is intracellular, but there are also scattered extracellular deposits in the connective tissue. These are associated with occasional calcific deposits, and with multinucleated giant cells. Other than in hemochromatosis, under what conditions would you expect to encounter hemosiderin in tissues?
  • Other brownish pigments that might be encountered in tissue include bilirubin, lipofuscin, and melanin. What are the origins of these? What test would identify a pigment as iron-containing hemosiderin?
  • Can you account for the fact that patients with hemochromatosis are sometimes called “bronze diabetics”?
  • What features characterize cirrhotic livers in general?


Technical Problems or questions? email| ph. 734-936-2239

Content Questions? email Beverly Lange

Produced by The Office of Pathology Education
© Copyright 2022 The Regents Of The University Of Michigan. All rights reserved.