Zymbal’s Gland - Inflammation
comment:Chronic Zymbal's gland inflammation ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ) is characterized by interstitial infiltrates of mononuclear cells, macrophages, and few neutrophils. More extensive suppurative Zymbal's gland inflammation ( Figure 3 ) is characterized by extensive, sometimes encapsulated areas of necrotic debris admixed and/or bordered by accumulations of degenerate inflammatory cells (especially neutrophils).
In NTP studies, there are five standard categories of inflammation: acute, suppurative, chronic, chronic-active, and granulomatous. In acute inflammation, the predominant infiltrating cell is the neutrophil, though fewer macrophages and lymphocytes may also be present. There may also be evidence of edema or hyperemia. The neutrophil is also the predominant infiltrating cell type in suppurative inflammation, however, in suppurative inflammation, the neutrophils are aggregated and many of them are degenerate (suppurative exudate). Cell debris, both from 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 in within the exudate. Grossly, these lesions would be characterized by the presence of pus. 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 in chronic-active inflammation, there are also a significant number of neutrophils. Both lesions 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, epithelioid macrophages, or multinucleated giant cells. Inflammation is differentiated from cellular infiltrates by the presence of other changes, such as edema, hemorrhage, degeneration, necrosis, or other evidence of tissue damage.
recommendation:Zymbal's gland inflammation should be diagnosed and assigned a severity grade. An appropriate type modifier should be included in the diagnosis to indicate the type of inflammation present (acute, chronic, etc.). When secondary to other findings (e.g., Zymbal's gland cyst, hyperplasia, or neoplasia), inflammation should not be diagnosed separately unless warranted by severity, but can be described in the pathology narrative.
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