Ultrastructure of the Hypoxic and Hyperplastic Carotid Body

  • Donald Heath
  • Paul Smith


In this chapter the ultrastructure of dense-core vesicles and other organelles in the glomic chief cells of hypoxic animals is discussed. The ultrastructural appearances of the human carotid body in sustentacular cell hyperplasia and dark cell proliferation are also described, with particular reference to the nature of dark and progenitor cells.


Ventricular Septal Defect Carotid Body Chief Cell Dark Cell Scale Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Heath
    • 1
  • Paul Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Liverpool Royal Liverpool University HospitalLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of PathologyLiverpoolUK

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