Pathology dictionary

What does myxoid mean?

Myxoid describes connective tissue that looks more blue compared to normal connective tissue when examined under the microscope. The type of connective tissue that usually shows myxoid type change is called stroma.

The stroma found inside non-cancerous and cancerous tumours can look myxoid when examined under the microscope. This change can provide your pathologist with clue to the diagnosis but it is not a diagnosis in itself.

Some types of tumours always include myxoid stroma and the word myxoid or “myxo” may appear in the name of the diagnosis. Examples include myxoid liposarcoma.

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