Epidermal Melanocytes in Eruptive Xanthomas: An Ultrastructural Study

David N. Silvers, Larry E. Becker, Elson B. Helwig

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Epidermal changes in two cases of eruptive xanthoma were studied by electron microscopy. Alterations were limited mostly to the basal layer and showed a marked selectivity for melanocytes. Large lipid vacuoles accumulated in the cytoplasm of the involved cells. This finding probably reflects variations in the cytodifferentiation and function of the cells of the epidermis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-852
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1973
Externally publishedYes

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  • Dermatology


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