Yellow-brown (Hamazaki-Wesenberg) bodies mimicking fungal yeasts

Jae Ro, M. A. Luna, B. Mackay, O. Ramos

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We describe herein two cases in which yellow-brown (Y-B) bodies, also known as Hamazaki-Wesenberg bodies, were encountered in lymph nodes and initially misinterpreted as fungal organisms. Because of occasional 'budding' forms and positive staining with 'screening' fungal stains (Grocott methenamine silver and periodic acid-Schiff), Y-B bodies may closely resemble budding yeast fungi. We describe the characteristic light microscopic and ultrastructural morphologic features of Y-B bodies, and their histochemical staining reactions, and emphasize the value of the Fontana-Masson silver stain for recognition and identification of these bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-559
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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