|Transverse section of a portion of the spleen. (Spleen pulp labeled at lower right.)|
|Gray's||subject #278 1284|
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Cells found in red pulp
The meshes of the reticulum are filled with blood:
- The white corpuscles are found to be in larger proportion than they are in ordinary blood.
- Large rounded cells, termed splenic cells, are also seen; these are capable of ameboid movement, and often contain pigment and red-blood corpuscles in their interior.
- The cells of the reticulum each possess a round or oval nucleus, and like the splenic cells, they may contain pigment granules in their cytoplasm; they do not stain deeply with carmine, and in this respect differ from the cells of the Malpighian bodies.
- In the young spleen, giant cells may also be found, each containing numerous nuclei or one compound nucleus.
- Nucleated red-blood corpuscles have also been found in the spleen of young animals.
- Anatomy Atlases - Microscopic Anatomy, plate 09.175 - "Spleen: Red Pulp"
- red+pulp at eMedicine Dictionary
- Diagram at kctcs.edu
- Description and diagram at apsu.edu
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