• Ann M. Dvorak
Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 114)


The ultrastructural complexities of human mast cells are reviewed. Numerous investigators have provided ultrastructural descriptions of human mast cells in a variety of tissues in situ. We have reviewed these contributions and provide here unified information necessary for the recognition of the variable images presented by human mast cells and the substructural patterns of their granules. These studies in aggregate provide sufficient and necessary morphologic information for the identification of human mast cells found in tissues as contrasted with the necessary ultrastructural criteria for the identification of human basophilic leukocytes present either in bone marrow, peripheral blood, or tissues.


Mast Cell Lipid Body Cytoplasmic Granule Human Mast Cell Aggregate Volume 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann M. Dvorak
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  1. 1.Department of PathologyBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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