Morphologic Manifestations of Toxic Cell Injury

Matthew A. Wallig, Evan B. Janovitz

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Abstract

Whatever causes injury to a cell - toxicant, toxin, infectious agent, or otherwise - the result is a simple or complex biochemical shift that generally results in a morphologic change which can be observed in some form. The pathologist must be able to recognize that such changes in morphology reflect a significant alteration in the cell's homeostasis and then must decide whether or not this finding indicates reversible injury, irreversible injury, or adaptation to the new situation. Visible manifestations of disrupted function, whether ultrastructural, microscopic, or macroscopic, are lesions by definition, and lesions are still the primary means by which a toxicologic pathologist arrives at a diagnosis, hopefully one that includes the etiology as well as a description of the underlying morphologic alterations and a plausible pathogenesis of how the lesions came about. This chapter will serve as an overview of the basic histologic and ultrastructural features that reflect cell injury and cell death as well as the sequelae to such processes. © 2013

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHaschek and Rousseaux's Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages77-105
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780124157590
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 29 2013

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Apoptosis
  • Atrophy
  • Autolysis
  • Autophagy
  • Calcium
  • Caseous necrosis
  • Cell swelling
  • Coagulation necrosis
  • DAMPs
  • Fatty change
  • Fibrosis
  • High amplitude swelling
  • Homeostasis
  • Hyperplasia
  • Hypertrophy
  • Lipidosis
  • Liquefactive necrosis
  • Metaplasia
  • Necrosis
  • PAMPs
  • Peroxisomes
  • Phospholipidosis
  • Residual bodies
  • Sodium
  • Vacuolar change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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