Giant Cells

  • Hans Wolfgang Kölmel

Abstract

The term “giant cells” was established on the basis of morphologic criteria. Because of their extraordinary size, these cells are inconsistent with the cellularity of normal CSF, and their appearance almost certainly indicates a pathologic process. One can distinguish between two sorts of giant cells according to their origins: those which stem from the tissue of malignant tumors, and those which have developed from leptomeningeal stem cells. Both are impressive for their enormous variety of form.

Keywords

Hematoidin Hydrocephalus Encephalitis Meningoencephalitis Pantopaque 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Wolfgang Kölmel
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  1. 1.Neurologische AbteilungFreie Universität Berlin, Klinikum CharlottenburgBerlin 19Germany

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