Uterus - Amyloid
Amyloid, an amorphous, eosinophilic, pale-staining material, is infrequently seen in mice in the stroma of the endometrium and myometrium ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ). In severe cases, it causes thickening and increased firmness of the uterus. The presence of amyloid in the uterus may reflect amyloid deposition elsewhere in the animal, principally in the adventitia of medium-size arteries. Amyloid deposition must be differentiated from other fibrinoid changes: fibrosis, edema, and fibrin.
Uterus - Amyloid should be diagnosed and graded whenever present. Secondary lesions such as degeneration or necrosis of resident cells should not be diagnosed separately unless warranted by severity. If the amyloid deposition may affect the interpretation of the study, it should be discussed in the pathology narrative.
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