[Histonet] oxalate crystals

Stephen Peters M.D. petepath <@t> yahoo.com
Wed Feb 23 12:43:09 CST 2005

Calcium oxylate crystals are a common finding in tissues which most experienced pathologists will recognize on H & E. As Paul Bradbury suggests they will polarize brightly. On H & E the have a slight browinsh cast and will show radial striations when polarized. If you are looking at ethylene glycol ( antifreeze)  poisoning they will be very numerous in tubular lumina. If you want a control they are very common in normal and diseased thyroid, in inceasing frequency with age. More than half of patients over 60 will have many of them. Try polarizing a piece of thyroid if you want to see them.  

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