Psammoma Bodies

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Psammoma body (derived from the Greek word psammosmeaning “sand”) is a round collection of calcium, seen microscopically. They usually have a laminar appearance; are circular, acellular and eosinophilic in histology.

In which diseases does Psammoma Bodies found?

Many students get confused to remember this part; speaking of remembering the MOST COMMON diseases in which they are found one can remember a mnemonic “PSAM”

  • Papillary thyroid & renal carcinoma, serous cytadenocarcinoma of the ovary, serous carcinoma of the endometrium
  • Prolactinoma of the pituitary
  • Serous Carcinoma
    Somatostatinoma of the pancreas 
  • Adenocarcinoma of the ovaries
  • Meningioma
    Mesothelioma

Features of Psammoma Bodies

  • They are mineralized bodies composed usually of a central capillary surrounded by concentric whorls in various stages of hyaline change and mineralization
  • They can occur in benign and malignant epithelial tumors (such as papillary ovarian or thyroid carcinoma)

Synonyms

  1. Sand bodies
  2. Corpora arenacea
  3. Calcospherite
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Burhan Ahmed is currently Editor-in-Chief at Medicalopedia.org. He completed his residency from Michigan State University in 2015. He has written three short revision books on Biology, Stomatology and Gynecology, has 4 publications to his name. He is pursuing career in cosmetic dermatology.

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