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Plate 3.36: Reticular Cells

Lymph node
subcapsular sinus

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Lymph node
subcapsular sinus

Plate 3.36: Reticular Cells

Rhesus monkey, Helly's fluid, H. & E., 612 x.

The subcapsular sinus of a lymph node is a lymph channel beneath the capsule of the node (see Plate 165). The component elements of the sinus are seen in this figure: reticular cells and their processes, which form a meshwork. Reticular cells are "star-shaped," with lightly staining cytoplasm and processes that are in contact but not continuous with processes of adjacent cells. These stellate reticular cells and their processes form the reticular tissue meshwork of the node in which lymphocytes and free macrophages are found.

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