Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 362, Issue 3, pp 195–205 | Cite as

Ultrastructural study of the thyroid in adult hypothyroidism

  • Paule Ketelbant -Balasse
  • Pierre Nève


The ultrastructural aspect of the thyroid in acquired hypothyroidism in adult human is quite similar to that described in chronic autoimmune thyroiditis. Only a few follicles persist: most of their cells show an oncocytic transformation. Rare colloid cells are present. A new thyroid cell type characterized by numerous cytoplasmic fibrils is described and its ultimobranchial origin is discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paule Ketelbant -Balasse
    • 1
  • Pierre Nève
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratories of Electron Microscopy, Pathology and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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