Pancreatic Islets - Necrosis
comment:Necrosis of beta cells in pancreatic islets has been associated with zinc deficiency and with xenobiotics that bind zinc. Affected beta cells are typically shrunken and hypereosinophilic with pyknotic nuclei. The loss of beta cells can leave empty vacuoles ( Figure 1 ).
recommendation:When present, this change should be diagnosed and graded. Severity grading is determined by the number of islets affected and the magnitude of the necrosis. Associated lesions, such as inflammation, should be diagnosed separately if warranted by severity.
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