stroma

Stroma

Stroma is the connective tissue just below the surface of an organ. It is a special type of tissue that helps hold the other parts of the organ together. Stroma is made up of cells that give the tissue its strength and shape. Many of these cells are called fibroblasts and pathologists often describe them …
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Desmoplasia

Desmoplasia occurs when stroma, a specialized connective tissue, encounters cancer cells, leading to an abnormal tissue reaction.  This reaction is commonly found in malignant (cancerous) tumours and rarely in benign (noncancerous) ones. Under a microscope, desmoplasia typically appears light blue, with visible support cells called fibroblasts scattered throughout the tissue.  Pathologists use the presence of …
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