Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 380, Issue 4, pp 355–359 | Cite as

Sternberg-Reed cells with intracytoplasmic lymphocytes

Phagocytosis or emperipolesis?
  • S. Poppema
Case Report


Phagocytosis by Sternberg-Reed cells is a rare phenomenon. A case of nodular sclerosis type of Hodgkin's disease with large numbers of apparently vital lymphocytes in the cytoplasm of the Sternberg-Reed cells is described in this paper. The question whether this feature is the result of phagocytosis or emperipolesis is discussed.

Key words

Sternberg-Reed cells Phagocytosis Emperipolesis Lysozyme 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Poppema
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  1. 1.Lymph Node Registry, Institute of PathologyUniversity of KielKielFederal Republic of Germany

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