Nose - Concretion
comment:In the nasal cavity, concretions are almost always associated with inflammation ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ). Concretions are found within the meatuses and are composed of inspissated nasal secretions and/or exudate. Histologically, concretions consist of eosinophilic material, occasionally with embedded nuclear material, and are typically distinctly laminated. Concretions should be distinguished from corpora amylacea (shown in Renne et al. 2009), which are small, laminated, basophilic bodies that are infrequently seen in the respiratory mucosa and nasal gland lumina of rats and mice.
recommendation:Since they are usually a consequence of inflammation, concretions may be considered a component of the inflammatory response and described in the pathology narrative rather than diagnosed separately. If, however, there is a treatment-related increase in the incidence of concretions, or if they occur in the absence of inflammation, then they must be diagnosed separately throughout that study and assigned a severity grade.
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