Lymph Node - Inflammation
Inflammatory cells can be found in lymph nodes as a result of administration of an irritating test compound, in response to primary lymphocyte necrosis, or as a response to an infectious agent or foreign body. Inflammatory cells can also be found in lymph nodes draining sites of inflammation, in which case the primary lesion should be diagnosed and "infiltration, cellular" should be diagnosed in the associated (draining) lymph node. In NTP studies, the five standard categories of inflammation are acute, suppurative, chronic, chronic active, and granulomatous. In acute inflammation, the neutrophil is the predominant infiltrating cell, though fewer macrophages and lymphocytes may also be present. Edema or hyperemia may be evident. The neutrophil is also the predominant cell type in suppurative inflammation, but the neutrophils are aggregated, and many of them are degenerate (suppurative exudate) ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ). Cell debris from both the resident cell populations and infiltrating leukocytes; proteinaceous fluid containing fibrin, fewer macrophages, occasional lymphocytes, or plasma cells; and, possibly, an infectious agent may also be present within the exudate. Grossly, these lesions would be characterized by the presence of exudate. In the tissue surrounding the exudate, there may be fibroblasts, fibrous connective tissue, and mixed inflammatory cells, depending on the chronicity of the lesion. Lymphocytes predominate in chronic inflammation. Lymphocytes also predominate in chronic active inflammation, but there may also be a significant number of neutrophils. Chronic and chronic active inflammation may contain macrophages. Granulomatous inflammation is another form of chronic inflammation, but this diagnosis requires the presence of a significant number of aggregated, large, activated macrophages ( Figure 3 and Figure 4 ), epithelioid macrophages, and/ or multinucleated giant cells. Macrophages may contain cytoplasmic hemosiderin or lipofuscin pigment or poorly degradable substances. Lymphoid hyperplasia or atrophy and plasma cell hyperplasia may occur in association with nodal inflammation.
recommendation:When present, lymph node inflammation should be diagnosed and graded. The terms "pus" and "abscess" should be used as gross diagnoses only. "Chronic active" can be used to describe lesions with components of both acute and chronic inflammation. Inflammatory cells found in lymph nodes draining sites of inflammation and necrosis should be diagnosed as "infiltration, cellular" and distinguished from primary inflammation of the lymph node. Associated lesions, such as necrosis or hemorrhage, should not be diagnosed separately unless warranted by severity, but should be described in the pathology narrative.
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