Spindle cell is a histomorphologic descriptor used in pathology.
A list of spindle cell lesions is found the in the spindle cell lesions article.
It refers to a cell that is tapered at both ends.
- A taper gradually decreases toward one end [of the cross-section or width].
- Image: Taperred thread (qcfocus.com).
- Spindle cells can have "pointy" ends (typical for nerves) or "rounded" ends (typical for muscle), i.e. be ellipitcal or vesica piscis.
Subtyping spindle cells by H&E
Spindle cells can often be subtyped based on H&E:
- Fibroblast = blue.
- Smooth muscle = deep pink.
- Myofibroblast = purple.
Benign smooth muscle cells of the urinary bladder. (WC)
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