It is common for histopathologists to encounter food particles such as spices entrapped in various biopsy sections. Identification of these remains unresolved as they appear strange, leading to misdiagnosis. This study was a quest to find out the microscopic appearances of such edible intruders. Fourteen spices commonly used were selected and were introduced intentionally into the lung sections after soaking them overnight. They were processed routinely, 4-5 thick paraffin embedded sections were stained with haematoxylin and eosin, were studied under light microscope and polarising microscope. All the spices had different and vivid appearances and were variably birefringent. The present study helped us gain knowledge regarding microscopic appearance of various spices which were included in the study. An image bank of microscopic appearance of all these spices and food particles helps pathologists to avoid misdiagnosis or confusion and helps in definitive diagnosis.
How to cite this article:
Shruti D Pattanshetty and Shashikala P. Microscopic appearance of edible spices as intruders in histopathology. International Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Pathology. 2018; 1(2): 01-03. DOI: 10.33545/pathol.2018.v1.i2a.01