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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 215-219

Learning from eponyms: Jose Verocay and Verocay bodies, Antoni A and B areas, Nils Antoni and Schwannomas

Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, India

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Rajiv Joshi
P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, 14 Jay Mahal, A Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.101826

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Schwannomas are benign peripheral nerve sheath neoplasms composed almost entirely of Schwann cells and are diagnosed histopathologically by the presence of singular architectural patterns called Antoni A and Antoni B areas. These were described first in 1920 by the Swedish neurologist Nils Antoni. The Antoni A tissue is highly cellular and made up of palisades of Schwann cell nuclei, a pattern first described in 1910 by the Uruguayan neuro-pathologist Jose Verocay and are known as Verocay bodies. This article describes the structure and appearance of Verocay bodies and Antoni A and B areas with a brief biographical introduction of the men who described these patterns.

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