|General Gross Description|
Characterized by abnormal deposition of mixtures of
cholesterol and triglyceride in macrophages in the
lamina propria of the gallbladder.
The accumulating macrophages cause a distinctive bulge
and lift the superficial epithelium overlying them.
The condition can either be localized or extensive and
The latter is referred to as a "strawberry gallbladder".
In a strawberry gallbladder, the mucosa tends to be red,
and is flecked with numerous yellowish spots.
|General Microscopic Description|
Histologically, the lesion is characterized by numerous
foamy macrophages lying just beneath the columnar
epithelium of the gallbladder.
Cotran RS, Kumar V, Robbins SL: Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease. 5th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1994.
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|Synopsis by: T.V.Rajan, M.D., Ph.D. (T57000M55250)