Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Strawberry gallbladder

In cholesterolosis, cholesterol accumulates in macrophages, which are cells of the immune system involved in engulfing material. This build up of cholesterol in macrophages (foam cells) found in the gallbladder wall, gives the inside of the gallbladder, an organ concerned with the storage, concentration and release of bile, a speckled appearance that resembles a strawberry – strawberry gallbladder.
Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, 2005, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th edition, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, pages 37, 930 and 931. Go to reference

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