Argyrophilic, intracellular bacteria in some cats with idiopathic peripheral lymphadenopathy

C. E. Kirkpatrick, F. M. Moore, A. K. Patnaik, H. E. Whiteley

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Lymph node biopsy specimens from several previously reported cases of unusual feline peripheral lymphadenopathies were re-examined by a modified Dieterlé silver-impregnation staining technique. In a proportion of these specimens, the Dieterlé stain revealed tiny pleomorphic, intensely argyrophilic coccobacilli. These organisms were predominantly located within macrophages. The infected cells were focally distributed, particularly in the interfollicular regions of the nodes. They were inconspicuous in sections stained by other, more conventional staining methods. It is possible that these coccobacilli represent yet another, previously unidentified, cause of chronic lymph node hyperplasia in the cat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Veterinary


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