Pathology dictionary

Ballooning hepatocyte

ballooning hepatocyte

What is a ballooning hepatocyte?

Hepatocytes are specialized cells that make up most of the liver. A ballooning hepatocyte is a term pathologists use to describe a damaged or dying hepatocyte. They are called ‘ballooning’ because the hepatocyte swells to several times its normal size and the body of the cell becomes clear. Ballooning hepatocytes are commonly seen in several liver diseases including steatohepatitis.

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